Matthew Lickona 8 p.m., Dec. 17
In a World...
Sharp little showbiz story about Carol, a woman seeking to follow her famous father into the world of movie trailer narration. The King — gravel-voiced god Don La Fontaine — is dead, and the industry needs a new voice to tell the world about its latest girl-friendly action epic. Dad (a magnificent, ponderous Fred Melamed) represents the old guard — once, he would have been the obvious choice. But the heir apparent is young, cocksure Gustav (Ken Marino). Carol shouldn't even be in the running, but forces — some benign, some less so — conspire to get her a shot at the prize. There are plenty of behind-the-curtain barbs and yuks, but the trailer is never the whole story, and that goes double here: this is more of a straight family drama than a zany workplace comedy. A fine, funny, thoughtful debut from director-writer-star Lake Bell. With Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Nick Offerman. 2013.
- Rated R | 1 hour, 33 minutes
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