“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”: Bait and Switch

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is not what you’d expect from a movie starring Tina Fey, written by Fey’s 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt writing partner Robert Carlock, produced by Fey and SNL boss Lorne Michaels, and featuring Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Christopher Abbott, Billy Bob Thornton and Josh Charles.

Then again: what do you expect from a movie with those credits?

The answer to that question might explain the movie’s piddling box office numbers this weekend. The marketing, from the mystifying title to the underwhelming trailers, suggested a broad, silly comedy about a hapless journalist’s adventures overseas. But the actual movie is a lightly comedic drama about Americans embedded among soldiers amid a dangerous conflict that no one, not even the people fighting it, really understands. That’s not an easy sell, even with someone as theoretically bankable as Fey in the lead role.

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The M&M Report, Episode 26: Sudden Death

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Listen to this week’s episode of The M&M Report here.

This week on The M&M Report, Devin Mitchell and I welcomed special guest Kara Avancena to discuss Louis C.K.’s hosting stint on “Saturday Night Live,” a shocking twist on “The Good Wife,” Kara’s undying love for the band Vampire Weekend, and the phenomenon of missing major television events when they first happen.

Tune in next time when Devin and I discuss David Letterman, “Captain America” and a controversial piece by film critic Matt Zoller Seitz.