New Movies: This Gub For Hire

When Woody Allen takes a brave, unhesitating step forward, it is only to tumble through one of life's trap doors. He is a clown who pummels himself with his own pig bladder, an incarnation of the schlemiel, a born super-stupe.

Allen's comic sense operates on the principle of disparity. His heroes are flies intent on building spiderwebs. In Take the Money and Run, he portrays Virgil Starkwell, a man who would get flustered crossing the street, and imbues him with the delusion that he can master the split-second timing, minute detail and cool bravado needed to become a successful bank...

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