Seth MacFarlane finally appears in the flesh in A Million Ways to Die in the West. Unfortunately, the flesh is weak. As he has demonstrated in the long-running Family Guy and his phenomenally successful 2012 film Ted, MacFarlane is an overflowingly talented comic writer and voice actor. Kurt Loder writes that here, though, stepping into the spotlight and directing himself in a parody western he cowrote, MacFarlane's anachronistic joke-cracking persona seems too small-screen to anchor a full-scale movie. Loder writes that Maleficent—a live-action take on the studio's 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty—is an honorable enterprise, an often-gorgeous kids' movie featuring two strong female characters and dominated by Angelina Jolie in a performance of wonderfully silky restraint.
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Critics say the long-running satiric cartoon has created "a generation of boys" who are smug and disengaged.
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American Heart Association Journal Finally Retracts Study Implying That E-Cigarettes Cause Heart Attacks Before People Use Them
The journal's editors recognized the problem before publication, but the authors failed to address it.