It’s one thing to make a raunchy comedy. It’s another to tell a serious story about someone coping with a life-threatening disease. 50/50 puts those two genres together so that they complement rather than cancel each other.
Some films are lavish eight-course meals. Others are pastries. Midnight in Paris is of the second variety, but since it was made by Woody Allen and unfolds in the most evocative city on Earth, it’s a most satisfying pastry.
In the political thriller The Ides of March, George Clooney plays a charismatic Democratic state governor who has thrown himself into a presidential primary. But this candy apple has a razor blade hidden inside.