How Many More of These Movies Do They Have to Make?

Movie reviews are usually meaningless pieces of direct marketing; are there any decent film critics left? Who is reliable? Anyone?

Here comes another Steve Carell film that probably shouldn't have been made. Apparently, he plays an unlikable character who goes all soft at the end. If that's how The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is supposed to be, what's the point of it all?

The film format requires some variation on delivering the transformative character journey. We see a bad person, we see the things they go through, and then, at the end, they are redeemed. This describes the formula that is required before a film gets made. And yet, some of the best stories on television feature people who learn nothing, refuse to grow, and end up accomplishing nothing. How is it that television is now more daring than cinema?

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