HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: COOTIES

CAST

Elijah Wood (Lord of The Rings)
Alison Pill (Hail, Caesar!)
Rainn Wilson (The Meg)
Jack McBrayer (Smurfs: The Lost Village)
Leigh Whannell (The Bye Bye Man)
Nasim Pedrad (Scream Queens)
Jorge Garcia (Lost)
Ian Brennan (Save The Last Dance 2)
Morgan Lily (X-Men: First Class)
Mark Christopher Lawrence (Chuck)
Matt Jones (Mom)

Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Leigh Whannell, Jack McBrayer, and Nasim Pedrad in Cooties (2014)In Fort Chicken, Illinois, fourth-grade student Shelly consumes a tainted black-dotted chicken nugget and begins wheezing and growing blisters. Elsewhere, aspiring horror writer Clint substitutes at Fort Chicken Elementary, where he reunites with his former high school crush Lucy, only to discover that she is already dating physical education teacher Wade.Elijah Wood and Alison Pill in Cooties (2014)During Clint’s class, Shelly attacks and infects her classmate Patriot after he inadvertently pulls a pigtail out of her scalp. She also claws Clint as she runs out of the room. Though she tries to escape the school by digging her way out before she fully turns, Shelly turns feral and passes the virus to another bully, Dink, who spreads it throughout the playground by scratching the majority of the children. They quickly become infected and kill several staff members along with a police officer. The few surviving staff members, consisting of Clint, Lucy, Wade, Doug, Tracy, and Rebekkah, hide in the faculty lounge but are attacked by Patriot.Elijah Wood and Cooper Roth in Cooties (2014)After escaping to the library and joining with uninfected student Calvin, the staff barricades themselves in the music room. Wade notices Clint has been scratched by Shelly and quarantines him. Clint is only experiencing symptoms of stomach flu, and Doug deduces that the virus does not affect adults like it does children. The staff plans to wait until the parents come at the end of the day, but the first parent to arrive is killed by her child. The children charge them and the group is forced to flee, managing to rescue a teenager, Tamra, only to discover that she has also been scratched.Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, and Leigh Whannell in Cooties (2014)The staff is attacked again, and Wade kills Dink with a fire extinguisher. Doug extracts and analyzes Dink’s brain, which has turned black and rotten due to the virus. He concludes that the virus is only dangerous to the prepubescent, which is why Clint and Tamra did not turn feral. The group unites with the school janitor, Hitachi, but Calvin passes out due to diabetic shock. The group sends Clint through the ventilation system to gather a chocolate bar for Calvin, Wade’s truck keys, and their cellphones. Lucy joins Clint and they manage to secure a chocolate bar to bring Calvin out of diabetic shock. Clint and Lucy are separated from the group and get trapped in the library, where they confess their feelings for each other and kiss. Shortly after, Wade apologizes for his behavior over a walkie-talkie. Clint knocks out several children with pills and he and Lucy reconvene with Wade and the others, who utilize various tools in the school as improvised weapons. They discover a horde outside, and manage to fight their way through, although Hitachi is overwhelmed inside while Wade stays behind to ensure the others get away.Cooties_2Patriot, having hidden in Wade’s truck bed, attacks Clint who crushes him against a tree. The group continues to the nearby town of Danville, where they run out of gas and discover it similarly overrun. The group learns that the viral infection has spread across the country. Several children ambush them, and they barricade themselves inside a nearby building. They retrieve a contaminated chicken nugget for Doug to study, with the intent of creating a vaccination for the virus. The group continues into a playroom, filled with more children including Shelly. Wade and Hitachi arrive and help the group escape the room. Wade uses a massive beach ball to barricade the children inside while spraying them with a water gun filled with gasoline. He lights the gasoline trail and burns the building down. They escape in a van, driving out of the town to “someplace kids don’t wanna go” as Shelly burns to death in pursuit.cootiestrailerCooties is funny and thrilling while it’s also wonderfully disgusting. Also if the beginning of this movie won’t make you a vegetarian, then nothing will.

REVIEW: ALADDIN (2019)

Starring

Will Smith (Men In Black)
Mena Massoud (Strange But True)
Naomi Scott (Power Rangers)
Marwan Kenzari (Ben-Hur)
Navid Negahban (Legion)
Nasim Pedrad (Scream Queens)
Billy Magnussen (Into The Woods)
Numan Acar (Kokowash)
Alan Tudyk (Firefly)
Frank Welker (Transformers)

Marwan Kenzari and Mena Massoud in Aladdin (2019)Aladdin, a kind-hearted street urchin living in the Arabian city of Agrabah along with his pet monkey Abu, rescues and befriends Princess Jasmine, who has snuck out of the palace to explore, tired of her sheltered life. Meanwhile, the grand vizier, Jafar schemes to overthrow Jasmine’s father as the Sultan. He, along with his pet parrot sidekick Iago, seeks a magic lamp hidden in the Cave of Wonders that will grant him three wishes. Only one person is worthy to enter: “the diamond in the rough”, whom he decides is Aladdin. Aladdin is captured and Jafar persuades him to retrieve the lamp. Inside the cave, Aladdin finds a magic carpet and obtains the lamp. He gives it to Jafar, who double crosses him and throws him back into the cave, though Abu steals the lamp back.Navid Negahban, Numan Acar, Nasim Pedrad, and Naomi Scott in Aladdin (2019)Trapped in the cave, Aladdin rubs the lamp, unwittingly summoning an omnipotent Genie, who lives inside it. Genie explains that he has the power to grant Aladdin three wishes. Aladdin tricks Genie into freeing them from the cave without using a wish. After they get out of the cave, Aladdin uses his first official wish to become a prince to impress Jasmine, and promises to use his third wish to free Genie from servitude.Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud in Aladdin (2019)Aladdin enters Agrabah as Prince Ali of Ababwa, arriving in an extravagant spectacle—including Abu, whom Genie has transformed into an elephant. However, Jasmine is unimpressed by his first presentation, including an assortment of gifts and jams. The two later bond when he takes her on a ride on the magic carpet to show her the world she wants to see while Genie goes out with Jasmine’s handmaiden Dalia. When Jasmine tricks Aladdin into revealing his true identity, he convinces her that he is actually a prince and only dressed like a peasant to meet the citizens of Agrabah beforehand. Jafar discovers Aladdin’s identity and to test his theory, throws Aladdin into the sea. Aladdin loses consciousness and awakens having been saved by Genie, at the cost of his second wish. They then expose Jafar, who is arrested and imprisoned in the dungeon. The Sultan offers Aladdin the position as heir to the throne. Fearing he will lose Jasmine if the truth is revealed, Aladdin needs Genie with him now and refuses to free him, much to Genie’s disappointment.Naomi Scott in Aladdin (2019)Iago snatches one of the guards’ keys and he frees Jafar. Jafar stealthily steals the lamp from Aladdin and becomes Genie’s new master. He uses his first two wishes to become Sultan and then to become the world’s most powerful sorcerer, imprisoning the guards and Jasmine’s pet tiger Rajah. He then exposes Aladdin’s identity to Jasmine and exiles him and Abu to a frozen wasteland. He threatens to kill the Sultan and Dalia unless she agrees to marry him. At the wedding ceremony, Aladdin and Abu return, having been rescued by the magic carpet and Jasmine steals back the lamp. Furious, Jafar transforms Iago into a roc to give chase and overpowers them.Mena Massoud in Aladdin (2019)Aladdin stalls by taunting Jafar for being second only to Genie in terms of raw power, thereby tricking him into using his last wish to become the most powerful being in the universe. Due to the grey area in that wish, Genie is free to interpret it as he wishes and turns Jafar into a genie himself. Being chained to the lamp without a master, Jafar gets trapped inside, dragging Iago inside with him. Genie throws Jafar’s lamp to the Cave of Wonders and Aladdin keeps his promise, using his last wish to free Genie and turn him human. The Sultan declares that Jasmine will be the next ruler and tells her that Aladdin is a good person, outlines how worthy he is and tells her as Sultan, she can overturn the law that requires her to marry a prince. Jasmine follows Aladdin to the outside of the palace where she “orders him” to come and face the Sultan, she and Aladdin then share a passionate kiss. Genie marries Dalia and leaves to explore the world and start a family with her. Aladdin and Jasmine get married and start a new life.Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud in Aladdin (2019)I know everyone wants to compare this to the Animated version, but don’t. Take it as it comes and you will thoroughly enjoy it. It does stay pretty faithful to the animated version I think. Will Smith as the genie could never be the Robin Williams genie, but I don’t think he tries to. He does fantastically well in his own right.  think kids will love this and I would definitely recommend it.

REVIEW: NEW GIRL – SEASON 7

Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone, Lamorne Morris, and Jake Johnson in New Girl (2011)

Starring

Zooey Deschanel (Bridge to Terabithia)
Jake Johnson (Jurrasic World)
Max Greenfield (Veronica Mars)
Lamorne Morris (Game Night)
Hannah Simone (Oldboy)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Nasim Pedrad (Scream Queens)
Dermot Mulroney (Young Guns)
Damon Wayans Jr.(Let’s be Cops)
Nelson Franklin (Scotty Pilgrim vs The World)
Tig Notaro (Instant Family)
David Walton (Bad Moms)
Gillian Vigman (The Hangover)
J.B. Smoove (Date Movie)
Sarah Baker (Young SheldoN)
Rob Reiner (EDTV)
Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween)
Curtis Amrstrong (American Dad)
Brian Posehn (The Big Bang Theory)
June Diane Raphael (Year One)
Zoe Lister-Jones (Arranged)

Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone, and Jake Johnson in New Girl (2011)Entering its final  season, ensemble comedy New Girl takes a modern look at friendship and romance, as a group of five friends attempt to find their respective places in the world, while begrudgingly accepting the responsibilities of adulthood–with often hilarious results.

Episode Highlights include

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About Three Years Later

Nick and Jess return from their European romance tour. Cece and Schmidt have issues perfecting their daughter’s birthday party. Winston struggles with picking the optimal glamour photo for him and Aly.
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Tuesday Meeting

 

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Where the Road Goes

The gang gathers for a one-year memorial service for a beloved friend. Meanwhile, Jess discovers Coach owes Nick a large sum of money.
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Godparents

Winston and Aly choose a godparent for their baby, and Winston struggles with the reality of becoming a father. Schmidt returns to work while Cece takes her turn being a stay-at-home parent and Nick tries to make Ruth like him.
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Mario

Nick’s plan to propose to Jess is thrown off course when they decide to get a dog; Winston sees color for the first time.
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The Curse of the Pirate Bride

Jess makes some big decisions, in the first part of the special, one-hour series finale
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Engram Pattersky

The gang get ready to say goodbye to the loft, but Jess isn’t happy with how everyone is coping with their emotions
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REVIEW: NEW GIRL – SEASON 6

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Starring

Zooey Deschanel (Bridge to Terabithia)
Jake Johnson (Jurrasic World)
Max Greenfield (Veronica Mars)
Lamorne Morris (Game Night)
Hannah Simone (Oldboy)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Nasim Pedrad (Scream Queens)
Nelson Franklin (Scotty Pilgrim vs The World)
Curtis Amrstrong (American Dad)
Rebecca Reid (I Live With Models)
Andy Samberg (That’s My Boy)
Andre Braugher (The Mist)
Chelsea Peretti (Game Night)
Joe Lo Truglio (Superbad)
Damon Wayans Jr. (Let’s Be Cops)
Nora Dunn (Bones)
Peter Gallagher (American Beauty)
Emily Chang (The Vampire Diaries)
Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher)
Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly)
Megan Fox (Transformers)
Gillian Vigman (The Hangover)
Brian George (The Big Bang Theory)
Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery)
Rob Reiner (EDTV)
June Diane Raphael (Year One)
Fred Willard (Anchorman)

Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, and Hannah Simone in New Girl (2011)Entering its sixth season, ensemble comedy New Girl takes a modern look at friendship and romance, as a group of five friends attempt to find their respective places in the world, while begrudgingly accepting the responsibilities of adulthood–with often hilarious results. As the series’ fifth season came to a close, the loft-mates celebrated the wedding of Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone), as Jess (Zooey Deschanel) contemplated her renewed romantic feelings toward Nick (Jake Johnson). Meanwhile, Winston (Lamorne Morris) took his pranking to a whole new level, and found himself stuck in an actual marriage, while also attempting to get his cat, Furguson, into a Hollywood blockbuster and carrying on an illicit affair with his police partner, Aly (Nasim Pedrad).Zooey Deschanel and Hannah Simone in New Girl (2011)

Highlights Include

House Hunt

Schmidt and Cece have a hard time looking for their new house. In the meantime, Jess attempts to get Nick out of her mind when he returns earlier than expected and Winston tries having a long-distance relationship with Aly.
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Hubbedy Bubby

Jess and Cece attempt to recruit voters for the upcoming Presidential election to win a bet with Schmidt, while Nick learns the ways of modern phone sex from Winston.
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Homecoming

On a trip to New York, Jess helps detective Jake Peralta with a case and meets Captain Ray Holt and Gina Linetti at his precinct, while Nick and Winston attempt to impress Charles Boyle and Cece faces off with her mother-in-law.
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Last Thanksgiving

Jess and the gang are determined to have the best Thanksgiving ever, but everything falls through when Robby shows up unexpectedly and Schmidt’s father arrives with a broken heart.
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Christmas Eve Eve

Jess plays Secret Santa for the loft.
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The Cubicle

Jess goes to the extremes to pay Robby’s medical bills upon learning the total.
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The Hike

While on a day hike, Jess and Robby discover something unexpected about their relationship. Also, Winston throws a surprise welcome home party for Aly. Meanwhile, Schmidt and Cece fail to impress their new neighbors.
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Rumspringa

Nick and Schmidt take Jess on a trip to Solvang when she gets nervous about her new job as principal.
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Socalyalcon VI

Jess thinks she’s been spending too much time acting like Reagan; Schmidt and Cece try to make their new home more secure; Aly tells Winston an embarrassing secret.
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Five Stars for Beezus

Jess prepares to tell Nick how she really feels about him. In other events, Nick has a meeting with a book publisher, Aly helps Winston reconnect with someone important and big news comes along for Schmidt and Cece.
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REVIEW: NEW GIRL – SEASON 5

Starring

Zooey Deschanel (Bridge to Terabithia)
Jake Johnson (Jurrasic World)
Max Greenfield (Veronica Mars)
Lamorne Morris (Game Night)
Hannah Simone (Oldboy)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Anna George (The Lovely Bones)
Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street)
Nelson Franklin (Scott Pilgrim vs The World)
Nasim Pedrad (Scream Queens)
Taran Killam (12 Years A Slave)
Julie Hagerty (Airplane)
Fred Melamed (A Serious Man)
Henry Winkler (Happy Days)
John Cho (Sleepy Hollow)
Curtis Armstrong (American Dad)
Tony Amendola (Annabelle Creation)
Fred Armisen (Anchorman)
Kiersey Clemons (Dope)
Ally Maki (Cloak & Dagger)
Megan Fox (Transformers)
Clea DuVall (Better Call Saul)
Elizabeth Berkley (Showgirls)
Bill Burr (Zombeavers)
Peter Gallagher (American Beauty)
Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher)
Gillian Vigman (The Hangover)
David Walton (Bad Moms)
Busy Philipps (Made of Honor)
Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery)
Kal Penn (House)
Damon Wayans Jr. (Let’s Be Cops)
Nora Dunn (Bones)
Kim Wayans (Pariah)
Meaghan Rath (Being Human)

Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone, Lamorne Morris, and Jake Johnson in New Girl (2011)The laughs continue as one of television’s wittiest comedies returns for a hilarious fifth season–and it’s landmark 100th episode. Although Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) remain broken up, Schmidt and Cece (Max Greenfield and Hannah Simone) are headed down the aisle. Disaster arrives when the loft becomes an Airbnb, Schmidt’s bachelor party hits the road and Cece’s judgmental mum shows up. Meanwhile, Jess lands a fantastic teaching gig, only to learn her boss is dating her ex and Winston (Lamorne Morris) gets a great new girlfriend – or does he?Zooey Deschanel and Anna George in New Girl (2011)

Episode Highlights Include

Big Mama P

Schmidt and Cece give the honor of best man and maid of honor to Nick and Jess, respectively. Jess plans an elaborate engagement party for the couple, with the intent of surprising Cece with a visit from her mother, Priyanka (Anna George). Nick is given the responsibility of picking up Cece’s mother from the airport, but picks up the wrong woman. After saving a boy’s life from under the weight of a car, Winston becomes tired of being labeled as a hero instead of being known for his pranking side.Zooey Deschanel in New Girl (2011)

 

Jury Duty

Jess is thrilled when she is called for jury duty, but an opportunity to be acting principal presents itself with her now wanting to get out of jury duty. Nick and Cece’s constant bickering about the apartment rules puts Schmidt between them.

No Girl

With Jess sequestered at jury duty, Nick turns the loft into an air b-n-b in order to help pay for Schmidt’s upcoming bachelor party. Meanwhile, Winston asks Cece for help when he suspects KC is cheating on him in the all-new.

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Reagan

A beautiful pharmaceutical rep enters the gang’s life when she agrees to sublet Jess’ room while she is on jury duty.
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Wig

When Nick’s attraction to Reagan starts affecting Schmidt and Cece’s relationship, they enact a plan to demystify her, in hopes of helping Nick get over her. Meanwhile, Winston teaches Reagan the art of the breakup.
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Goosebumps Walkaway

Jess returns from jury duty and attempts to uncover the real identity of a juror sequestered with her. Meanwhile, Reagan prepares to move out of the loft and out of Nick’s life, and Winston and Cece help Schmidt get over his fear of public dancing.

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D-Day

After Cece receives an exciting new job offer, Jess agrees to help Schmidt with the wedding preparations, but things don’t go as planned when Schmidt’s dad, Gavin, appears. Meanwhile, Winston and Nick get into a competition over whose job is harder.

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Sam, Again

Jess applies for a job at a progressive new school, but things take a turn when she finds out the principal is dating her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Meanwhile, Nick gets a cold and Schmidt quarantines the roommates to prevent himself from getting sick before his big presentation.

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300 Feet

When Jess is served a restraining order by her former boyfriend, Sam, she sets out to clear her name with Winston’s help. Nick and Schmidt plot against the owner of a trendy new bar that opened on their street.
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Road Trip

After being emasculated in front of Cece, Schmidt insists on a manly bachelor party weekend in Vegas, but the road trip goes awry when the guys end up at a desert biker bar and he must put his newfound bravado to the test.
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Dress

The wedding is coming up and Jess hasn’t finished Cece’s wedding dress. Schmidt has been ignoring work while doing the wedding planning.
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Landing Gear

Schmidt makes a last ditch effort to convince Cece’s mom to come to their wedding, but in doing so, he might miss the special day himself.
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REVIEW: NEW GIRL – SEASON 4

 

Starring

Zooey Deschanel (Bridge to Terabithia)
Jake Johnson (Jurrasic World)
Max Greenfield (Veronica Mars)
Lamorne Morris (Game Night)
Hannah Simone (Oldboy)
Damon Wayans Jr. (Let’s Be Cops)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Jessica Biel (Next)
Reid Scott (The Big C)
Hina Abdullah (Margaret)
Ciara Hanna (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Chasty Ballesteros (The Internship)
Kaitlin Olson (Finding Dory)
Michaela Watkins (Wanderlust)
Rob Reiner (ED:TV)
Alan Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Julian Morris (Pretty Little Liars)
Erinn Hayes (The Watch)
Curtis Armstrong (American Dad)
Angela Kinsey (The Office)
Brian Posehn (The Big Bang Theory)
Cleo King (Mike & Molly)
Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield)
Alexandra Daddario (Texas Chainsaw)
Amber Stevens West (22 Jump Street)
Lisa Bonet (Angel Heart)
Greta Lee (Money Monster)
Rebecca Reid (I Live With Models)
Billy Eichner (The Angry Birds Movie)
Barry Bostwick (Spy Hard)
Nasim Pedrad (Scream Queens)
Zoe Lister-Jones (Band Aid)
Sarah Burns (Life As We Know It)
Ben Falcone (Tammy)
Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween)
Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers)
Meaghan Rath (Being Human)
Josh Gad (Frozen)
Nora Dunn (Bones)
Kiersey Clemons (Dope)
Artemis Pebdani (Son of Zorn)
Jack McBrayer (30 Rock)

Max Greenfield, Damon Wayans Jr., Hannah Simone, Lamorne Morris, and Jake Johnson in New Girl (2011)Romantic relationships remain the primary concerns of Jess, her four dude roommates, and her best friend Cece (Hannah Simone). In season three, Jess and her cute slacker roomie Nick (Jake Johnson) made good on the will-they-or-won’t-they? dynamic teased in the previous seasons and are already peaceably broken up at this point. (The episode “Goldmine” nicely addresses the difficulty of getting people not to bail on dates with each of them after learning that they live in the same apartment as their ex.) At work, Jess has made it up the ranks from schoolteacher to vice principal, which is all well and good until she gets a crush on a new British teacher (Pretty Little Liars’ Julian Morris) with the saucy name Ryan Geauxinue (pronounced “Goes-In-You”); unfortunately for Jess, administrator-teacher couplings are a no-no, so she tries to ignore the hunk. (That doesn’t happen.) Nick finds Kai (Greta Lee), a lady who likes to lay about the apartment as much as himself; rookie cop Winston (Lamorne Morris) “investigates” her behavior for his roommate and decides she must be homeless. (She’s not.)Zooey Deschanel in New Girl (2011)The show’s other key couple, former-model-turned-inept-bartender Cece (Hannah Simone) and metrosexual would-be player Schmidt (Max Greenfield), continue their pas de deux; Schmidt starts off the season overwhelmingly obsessed with Cece while she just wants to move on. As the season continues, Schmidt cools it a bit and finds a way to be Cece’s friend… which, of course, just makes her remember why she liked him in the first place. Unfortunately, by this point, Schmidt has started up with manipulative, career-driven city councilwoman Fawn Moscato (Zoe Lister-Jones). Fawn’s power excites Schmidty, but is this duo built to last?Zooey Deschanel in New Girl (2011)Wayans was a “recurring” cast member in season 3, but he’s a full-fledged co-star in season four. His presence in the show — besides demonstrating that non-“niche” sitcom ensembles can have more than one black dude in them — is wonderfully layered with jock-y braggadocio, hidden tenderness, and amiable goofiness. Coach also reacts to relationship strife in the most entertaining ways possible, whether it’s emotionally breaking down as he tries to describe fertilization in a health class he’s teaching or attracting a bar full of ladies to grind up against him to the strains of Alannah Myles’s “Black Velvet.”Zooey Deschanel in New Girl (2011)That just leaves Winston, who occasionally takes a break from studying for his police exam and from being in love with his cat to try to woo a human lady. I have to admit that Winston’s decision to become a cop just keeps reminding me of the later seasons of That ’70s Show, where Kelso’s decision to join the police academy also felt fairly arbitrary and strange. This is addressed in a subplot in the episode “Par 5,” which was actually co-written by Lamorne Morris, in which the character feels forced to hide his profession when he starts dating a woman who actively protests the LAPD. This episode tries to add a little nuance and depth to Winston’s choice to be a policeman.Zooey Deschanel in New Girl (2011)For a show with so many semi-arrested characters, gaining maturity and finding worthwhile career paths are unsurprisingly also an ongoing component of the show. Jess and Winston, of course, seem like they’re right where they want to be career-wise with the vice principal and police gigs respectively. Nick continues to flounder professionally, but eventually teams up with Schmidt to start their own entrepreneurial concern, and while their first concept — a suit made out of sweatsuit material — is a dud, the show seems optimistic about them finding fulfillment in working together. Cece finally goes to college, with some financial help from Coach and Winston, who consider it an investment that they expect to see repaid. When they find out Cece uses the opportunity to take somewhat esoteric liberal arts courses, the fellas are duly perturbed.Zooey Deschanel and Julian Morris in New Girl (2011)Once again, the show opens its doors to a number of excellent guest stars, including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Kaitlin Olson as Jess’s former classmate and potential stepmom (Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis return as Jess’s divorced parents), Jessica Biel as a romantic rival for Jess, Billy Eichner as a stressed-out, catty airport employee on Christmas, Childrens Hospital’s Erinn Hayes as a promiscuous school nurse, Lisa Bonet as the touchy-feely leader of a teachers conference, Nora Dunn as Schmidt’s overbearing mother, and on and on. Justin Long. Josh Gad. Michaela Watkins. Barry Bostwick. Sarah Burns. Kurt Braunohler. Regis Philbin. Funny people! The ensemble cast truly shines in this newest season of New Girl. Some episodes come in a little below expectations, but overall the season offers some interesting developments for the characters and oodles of great jokes. If you like the show, keep liking the show.

REVIEW: THE DICTATOR

CAST

Sacha Baron Cohen (Grimsby)
Ben Kingsley (Exodus: Gods and Kings)
Anna Faris (Mom)
Sayed Badreya (Iron Man)
Megan Fox (Transformers 1 & 2)
Jason Mantzoukas (Bad Neighbours)
Chris Parnell (Anchorman)
Jessica St. Clair (Bridesmaids)
Anna Katarina (Batman Returns)
Fred Armisen (Easy A)
Chris Elliott (Groundhog Day)
J.B. Smoove (Date Night)
John C. Reilly (Cyrus)
Garry Shandling (Iron Man 2)
Kathryn Hahn (Bad Moms)

Joey Slotnick (Nip/Tuck)
Aasif Mandvi (Evil)
Rizwan Manji (Transformers)
Chris Parnell (Anchorman)
Kevin Corrigan (Pineapple Express)
Nasim Pedrad (Scream Queens)
Olivia Taylor Dudley (Transcendence)
Edward Norton (The Bourne Legacy)
Jim Piddock (Best In Show)
Fred Melamed (A Serious Man)

MV5BODM1NjIyNzg5MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzc0ODA4Nw@@._V1_SX1499_CR0,0,1499,999_AL_For years, the Republic of Wadiya (located in the Horn of Africa, supplanting the actual nation of Eritrea) has been ruled by Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen), a childish, tyrannical, sexist, anti-western, and antisemitic despot who surrounds himself with female bodyguards, sponsors al-Qaeda (specially giving shelter to Osama Bin Laden after “they killed his double one year ago”) and is working on developing nuclear weapons to attack Israel. He also refused to sell Wadiya’s oil fields, a promise he made to his father on his deathbed. After the United Nations Security Council resolves to intervene militarily, Aladeen travels to the UN Headquarters in New York to address the council.MV5BMjE5MzA5Mzk4M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTcxMjIyNw@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1397,1000_AL_Shortly after arriving, Aladeen is kidnapped by Clayton (John C. Reilly), a hitman hired by his treacherous uncle Tamir (Ben Kingsley), whom Aladeen’s father passed over as successor in favor of his son. Tamir then replaces Aladeen with a dimwitted political decoy named Efawadh (Baron Cohen), whom he intends to manipulate into signing a document nominally democratizing Wadiya while opening the country’s oil fields to Chinese and other foreign vested interests. Aladeen escapes after Clayton accidentally kills himself in a botched torture attempt; when his corpse is discovered Tamir thinks Aladeen has been killed. However, Aladeen is practically unrecognizable as Clayton shaved off his trademark long beard prior to his death.

Wandering through New York, Aladeen encounters Zoey (Anna Faris), a human rights activist who offers him a job at her socially progressive, alternative lifestyle co-op. Aladeen refuses the offer and encounters “Nuclear” Nadal (Jason Mantzoukas), the former chief of Wadiya’s nuclear weapons program, whom Aladeen thought he had previously executed over an argument about the warhead’s shape. Aladeen follows him to New York’s “Little Wadiya” which is populated by refugees from his country, and meets him in Death to Aladeen Restaurant, run by and visited by numerous people whom Aladeen had personally ordered executed. Nadal saves Aladeen from nearly being recognized by angry refugees and reveals that rebels infiltrated the secret police, and all the condemned were sent into exile instead of being executed. Nadal agrees to help Aladeen thwart Tamir’s plot and regain his position as ‘rightful’ dictator, on condition that Aladeen makes him head of Wadiya’s WMD program again. Aladeen agrees and accepts Zoey’s job offer, as she is catering at the hotel where the signing is to occur. Aladeen grows closer to Zoey after she refuses his sexual advances and teaches him how to masturbate, and eventually falls in love with her after seeing her angry. Turning around Zoey’s struggling business, Aladeen begins imposing strict schedules on everyone, forming a personality cult around Zoey and intimidating an inspector into giving the store a good review.However, Aladeen’s relationship with Zoey becomes strained after he decides to be honest with her and reveal his true self; she cannot love a man who was so brutal to his own people. After acquiring a new beard taken from a corpse, Aladeen ziplines into the hotel and tells Efawadh he has recovered (his double being fooled into thinking the Supreme Leader was ill). At the signing ceremony, he tears up Tamir’s document in front of the UN delegation, and holds an impassioned speech praising the virtues of dictatorship, drawing unintended parallels to current issues in the US. However, upon seeing Zoey in the room, he declares his love for her and, knowing Zoey’s strongly held views, vows to democratize his country and open up Wadiya’s oil fields for business, but in a way where the general populace will benefit. Angry with Aladeen staying in power, Tamir attempts to assassinate him but Efawadh jumps in front of the bullet and survives, as it is his job “to be shot in the head”. Tamir, afterwards, is arrested.
MV5BMTIwMzE2MjM4MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNjA1OTY3._V1_A year later, Wadiya holds its first democratic elections, although they are rigged in favor of Aladeen (who has now added the titles President Prime Minister to his previous Admiral General). Afterwards, he marries Zoey, but is shocked when she crushes a glass and reveals herself to be Jewish; throughout the film he was shown vowing to “destroy Israel”. Scenes during the credits show Aladeen’s convoy, now consisting of eco-friendly cars, visiting a reinstated Nadal, and later Zoey revealing in a television interview that she is pregnant with the couple’s first child. Aladeen responds to the news by asking if Zoey is having “a boy or an abortion”.

Unrated Version

The unrated cut of The Dictator runs an additional 15 minutes from its original 83-minute theatrical version. Much of the added material is additional sexual content and dialogue. There is a scene following Aladeen falling asleep in the back of the store where one of his bodyguards, Etra, tries to kill him by beating him with her enlarged breasts. Another added scene is Mr. Ogden, the manager of the Lancaster Hotel, talking to Zoey at The Collective and canceling the catering contract because of Aladeen.MV5BMTIwMzE2MjM4MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNjA1OTY3._V1_
The Dictator is funny. It is silly and slapstick at times but wrapped up in some biting political satire. There are some down moments but for just under an hour and a half of banter and barbs it is a fun film. Not in the same class as Borat but well worth seeing nonetheless.