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A&E | SCREEN FILM TALKIN' TO YOU New Robert De Niro movie The Family wasn't screening for review, so we compiled this list of our favorite roles TAXI DRIVER (1976) There's a good reason why the mere mention of De Niro's name always and immediately conjures up his mohawked Travis Bickle: Never has he given a more searing, dominant and chewworthy performance. –Mike Prevatt THE KING OF COMEDY (1982) Unfunny comedian Rupert Pupkin resorting to kidnapping to get his big break on TV is a master class in awkward, yet De Niro almost has us believing in him. "Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime." –Ken Miller > BAD BOYS Samberg (left) and Lo Truglio are on the job. TV ARRESTING HUMOR Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the best new comedy of the season The new sitcom landscape for the fall TV season looks pretty bleak, but one bright spot is Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a charming workplace comedy from Parks and Recreation cocreator Michael Schur and Parks writer Dan Goor. Although it deals with detectives in New York City, and the first episode features a murder investigation, Brooklyn is goofy and lighthearted while also remaining grounded. In short, it's a lot like Parks, another municipal comedy full of funny, likable characters. Brooklyn also boasts a great cast, led by Saturday Night Live veteran Andy Samberg as the precinct's top detective, FILM who thinks a little too much of himself. Although Samberg's Det. Peralta clashes with his new boss, Capt. Holt (Andre Braugher), in the first episode, it's a sort of gentle conflict that gets resolved in a sweet but amusing way at the end of the episode. The show uses Braugher's renowned intensity to great comic effect, and the supporting cast, which includes Terry Crews, The State's Joe Lo Truglio and comedian Chelsea Peretti, shows a great deal of potential, with each character getting small, promising moments in the first episode. Most importantly for a comedy, Brooklyn is funny, with a solid mix of character-based humor and 30 Rock-style flashback gags. A handful of jokes fall flat, but the pace is lively enough that the show easily moves past them. With all the painfully unfunny duds set to premiere in the next few weeks, Brooklyn is the surest bet for a comedy worth following as the season progresses. –Josh Bell aaabc BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m., Fox. Actual Jane Austen fans might feel insulted by Austenland, a romantic comedy that treats them with the same level of respect William Shatner afforded Austenland is a poor to Trekkies on SNL back in 1986 ("Get a life!"). Austen representation of devotee Jane Hayes (Keri Russell) makes a pilgrimage Jane Austen fans to the title location, allegedly to experience the world depicted by her favorite author, but there's little more than a superficial resemblance to Austen's actual work. ¶ Instead it's mostly about the sweet but awkward Jane attempting to find a paramour to equal Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice. In typical rom-com fashion, she ends up torn between a standoffish Darcy type (JJ Feild) and a more down-to-earth Austenland staffer (Bret McKenzie). Director and co-writer Jerusha Hess (working from Shannon Hale's novel) brings in cartoonish touches familiar from her work on husband Jared's films (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre), and Jennifer Coolidge and Georgia King give broad, obnoxious performances as Jane's fellow Austenland guests. ¶ Russell may be charming, but it's hard to find anything resembling authentic emotion in Austenland, which wallows in lame aaccc slapstick and lazy jokes about desperate, deluded women. AUSTENLAND Keri There's a lot of potential in exploring the modern impact of Russell, JJ Feild, Bret Austen's work and the sometimes misguided tendency to McKenzie. Directed by romanticize the past, but Austenland barely engages with any Jerusha Hess. Rated of that. Austen herself would probably find the movie tacky PG-13. Opens Friday. and contrived. Best to stick to the real thing. –Josh Bell FANGIRLS MIDNIGHT RUN (1988) As bounty hunter Jack Walsh, De Niro matches Charles Grodin's wry comedic timing—back when he was known as the dramatic icon at the heart of Raging Bull and The Godfather: Part II. –Spencer Patterson CASINO (1995) Though our fair city is the real star of this Scorsese classic, De Niro's Sam "Ace" Rothstein is the perpetually frustrated (and quite stylish) focal point, a methodical control freak unable to maintain his empire. –Brock Radke HEAT (1995) Audiences had anticipated his confrontation with Al Pacino for years, but the real power of De Niro's performance as master thief Neil McCauley comes in quieter moments, like the look he gives his girlfriend as he goes on the run to protect her. –Josh Bell STARDUST (2007) De Niro's Captain Shakespeare starts out glowering and treacherous, but as the story unfolds, he reveals himself to be a tenderhearted, closeted lover of wild dancing in frilly petticoats. It's a ridiculously emasculating role, and he owns it. –Erin Ryan SEPTEMBER 12–18, 2013 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM 42_Screen_20130912.indd 42 42 9/11/13 4:18 PM

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