It’s nowhere near as expository about the television business as Network or Broadcast News, but this comedy about a flailing morning show and the optimistic producer (Rachel McAdams) brought on board to energize it does have its pleasures. The main ones are a charming McAdams and a very amusing Harrison Ford, who plays a veteran newsman reluctant to do on-air “happy talk” with the show’s female co-host (Diane Keaton). Director Roger Michell’s cast also includes Jeff Goldblum as a network executive and Patrick Wilson as McAdams’ new love interest. (Rated PG-13)
Those who needed only two dimensions to enjoy the previous movie spinoffs of the MTV series are likely to jump at the chance to feel as though they’re actually participating. Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera and company engage in their familiar style of stunts and pranks, staged this time as an invitation to join the “fun.” As intentionally gross as some of the segments are, the 3-D effects help to make most of them humorous as well. (R and unrated versions)
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THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
If Mad Men and Breaking Bad established AMC as a destination for quality drama, this chilling series from filmmaker Frank Darabont cemented that reputation. Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually) plays a former lawman leading the pushback against zombies that have overrun America; survival becomes an ever-increasing challenge for those who have remained immune. (Not rated)