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Seven notably high concept movies.

The "high concept" movie (a much-abused term) is one whose premise can be summed up in a sentence, if not within the title itself -- for instance, what happens when a bored married couple's "Date Night" goes wrong? Wacky fun! The ideas is that the easy hook goes over well with your stereotypical movie executive -- it becomes the selling point rather than the actors or characters. If it sounds irresistible (and/or ridiculous), people will show up hoping to see exactly what...

"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...