Aubrey Plaza

‘Life After Beth’ and Aubrey Plaza’s Sexual Revolution

The problem with creating and refining a distinctive persona is that if you do it well enough, people will assume you can’t do anything else — that it’s just who you are, that you’re “playing yourself,” and that all the work you do will fall within the same frame. The undercurrent of that idea runs through much of what is said and written about Aubrey Plaza, who burst onto the scene in 2009 (via a featured turn in Funny People and a supporting role on Parks and Recreation) with, it seemed, a fully formed comic sensibility intact: a kind of weary, impatient, ironic detachment, chiefly expressed by a vocal delivery dry enough to start a brushfire. But she started coloring outside those lines almost immediately, and with her latest film, Life After Beth (out Friday) she makes her furthest departure from her “type” to date. But she doesn’t just do it by playing undead; she does it by continuing a fascinating exploration of onscreen sexuality. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in August

Hello there, moviegoers, and hasn’t this summer been a bit of a slog? The appropriately overcooked and instantly forgettable The Amazing Spider-Man 2 dropped only in May, but it’s seemed like an eternity since we were giggling at Electrified Jamie Foxx™; now it’s August, and the fall — aka “good movie season” — is just around the corner. Though this month offers little to look forward to from the studios (another Step Up, another Expendables, a Twister rip-off, and God help us, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot), here are some four-star indies to get you through to September. … Read More

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Finally: an Aubrey Plaza Zombie Movie, and a Trailer to Boot!

With a name like Life After Beth, you’d expect Beth to, you know, be dead. But that’s the little twist of… Read More

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Watch the Trailer for Friend Drama ‘About Alex,’ Starring Aubrey Plaza

Following the attempted suicide of a college friend, seven former college clique-mates band together – after years of drifting apart… Read More

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25 Summer 2014 Movies You Need to See

Though we’ve barely put away our parkas here in NYC, summer movie season is apparently underway, since there’s now a new Spider-Man movie playing on basically every vertical surface in the country. It could be argued that “summer movie season” began a month ago, when Captain America: The Winter Solder came out, because Hollywood is stuck in a PERPETUAL COMIC BOOK TENTPOLE BLOCKBUSTER SUMMER, but I digress. Let’s not fight it; here’s our look at 25 of this summer’s most promising releases, big and small. Plan your vacations… Read More

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The Best and Worst of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

The 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival drew to a close in New York City last night, ending 12 days of non-stop movies across the city. Your film editor has always had a soft spot for this festival, and not just because it’s the first one I ever covered as a green and naïve Internet Film Writer; it is, after all, a hometown event, and if the young fest is still figuring out its place among a very crowded field, throwing all kinds of movies — some brilliant, some daring, some bland, some just plain bad — at the screen to see what sticks, it’s anything-goes spirit can also result in some wonderful movie-going experiences. I was lucky enough to peek at some of the best of this year’s films beforehand; here are a few more to seek out (or avoid) in the months to come. … Read More

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The 25 Best Time-Travel Movies Ever Made

Twenty-five years ago this week (yes, twenty-five, look it up) Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure made its theatrical debut, telling for all posterity the tale of two California slackers who use a phone booth/time machine to gather historical figures for a class project. It was but one variation on a favorite cinematic device: time travel. It’s been done in comedies and dramas, sci-fi and action movies, on budgets giant and miniscule, in spaceships and in DeLoreans. There are dozens of time travel flicks out there, but these are our… Read More

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Sundance 2014: Aubrey Plaza Reinvents Herself in ‘Life After Beth’

PARK CITY, UTAH: Aubrey Plaza underplays so adroitly, on Parks & Rec and in films like Safety Not Guaranteed and Funny People, that it’s easy to wonder if she’s working with a limited range — that she’s merely playing the “Aubrey Plaza type” (and it has certainly become a type). If her new film Life After Beth — a dizzy little zombie comedy that premiered at Sundance yesterday — does nothing else, it should put those concerns to rest. She’s magnificent in a role that couldn’t be further from April Ludgate; hell, by the end of the picture, she couldn’t be further from the character she’s playing at the beginning. Her Beth is a brilliantly realized comic creation, and an awe-inspiring testimonial to exactly what she’s capable of. … Read More

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