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"MacGruber" avoids a bomb.

Reviewed at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. To answer the immediate question at hand, "MacGruber" is in fact the funniest "Saturday Night Live" spinoff since "Wayne's World" in 1992. But as anyone who follows such things knows, that isn't necessarily high praise. In the years in the wake of the success of "Wayne's World," many recurring characters were granted the feature treatment, mostly after they had already been run into the ground by the show...

James Franco sketches out "Saturday Night."

Reviewed at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. James Franco's student film for NYU's graduate program was originally intended to be a portrait of "Saturday Night Live" star Bill Hader, but "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels had other ideas. In a short video played before the start of "Saturday Night," Franco's full-length look at the venerable NBC variety show through one week of production, the actor-turned-documentarian offered a disarming mea culpa for missing out...