• Bridesmaids

Universal Pictures is probably the worst of the six major studios in terms of providing the press with timely access to its movies; its standard operating procedure is to schedule only one press screening, the week of release on Tuesday night (which is past the Reader‘s deadline). Mind you, this isn’t because Universal’s movies are usually shit; it’s only protecting itself from the scourge of video piracy. But when the studio knows it’s got a winner, suddenly piracy isn’t such a big problem, which is why Bridesmaids screened for the press over a month ago. It’s the latest from producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, Funny People), the best comic filmmaker to come along since Albert Brooks.