That’s My Boy- Adam Sandler once again does what Adam Sandler usually does

That’s My Boy- Adam Sandler once again does what Adam Sandler usually does

Adam Sandler isn’t trying to fool anyone. For that, at least, you have to respect the man. You don’t have to respect him for anything else, necessarily – like for his unapologetically crass sense of humor, or his willingness to pull on a bad wig and play his own twin sister in last year’s “Jack and Jill,” his previous ill-conceived, lazily written comedy. But there’s something to be said in that, when you buy a ticket for…

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Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith – Does it live up to the expectations?

Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith – Does it live up to the expectations?

Drink the Kool-Aid. Wear blinders. Cover your ears. Because that’s the only way you can totally enjoy Revenge of the Sith — the final and most futile attempt from skilled producer, clumsy director and tin-eared writer George Lucas to create a prequel trilogy to match the myth-making spirit of the original Star Wars saga he unleashed twenty-eight years ago. Fan boys, of course, have convinced themselves otherwise. So have several critics, if you go by early reviews. Heralded…

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Justice League Review: A jagged mess with Batman v Superman problem (Part 2)

Justice League Review: A jagged mess with Batman v Superman problem (Part 2)

Justice League doesn’t care much about the details of why you should be rooting for these characters to come out on top; it’s much more focused on showing off their respective superpowers. That leads to at least one stunning fight scene, but also several scenes stuffed with little more than weightless CGI. And the sequences where no one’s fighting are nothing more than comedic, quippy interludes. Since the film makes only a slapdash effort to…

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Justice League Review: A jagged mess with Batman v Superman problem (Part 1)

Justice League Review: A jagged mess with Batman v Superman problem (Part 1)

Justice League ’s better than Batman v Superman. But it’s more successful as a trailer for Aquaman or The Flash than as a movie of its own. Watching Warner Bros. pump out superhero flick after superhero flick over the past four years has felt a little like watching your favorite Olympic figure skater with plenty of star potential flub one triple axel after another. At this point, Warner Bros. has developed a very close relationship…

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Murder on the Orient Express movie adaption stays on track for the most part

Murder on the Orient Express movie adaption stays on track for the most part

WASHINGTON — In 1974, between “Serpico” (1973) and “Network” (1976), Sidney Lumet directed an Agatha Christie novel into a star-studded murder mystery with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Jacqueline Bisset and an Oscar-winning Ingrid Bergman.   Now, get ready to board the train again as the talented and versatile actor-director Kenneth Branagh presents his very own star-studded remake of Murder on the Orient Express. Based on the 1934 mystery novel, the whodunit follows Detective Hercule…

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Thor Ragnarok Review: An unexpectedly fun outing of the God of Thunder

Thor Ragnarok Review: An unexpectedly fun outing of the God of Thunder

Thor Ragnarok is the third chapter in Marvel’s solo-superhero series about the ancient god of thunder, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) — and the first to be directed by cult favorite Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows). It’s much less serious and grim than the previous Thor movies (especially The Dark World); humor/tone-wise, it appears much more like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man. Violence will probably be the main issue for most parents: Characters die (including tons of nameless bad guys), villain Hela…

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The Late But Great Fun of Thor Ragnarok

The Late But Great Fun of Thor Ragnarok

Marvel Studios’ latest suggests the future of superhero movies – Thor Ragnarok may rely increasingly on embracing their inherent silliness. When Marvel Studios released the original Thor in 2011, it was their trickiest franchise to date: This time the hero was not an irradiated Earthling or a guy in a metal suit, but a surfer-blond extraterrestrial who also happened to be a Norse god with a magic hammer. Wisely, the studio chose to forego (as the comic…

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Justice League: DC’s superhero mess is beyond saving

Justice League: DC’s superhero mess is beyond saving

“A man I knew used to say that hope was like your car keys,” says Superman (Henry Cavill) at the opening scene of Justice League, into a cameraphone held by a couple of flustered schoolboy fans. “It’s easy to lose, but if you dig around, it’s usually close by.” Still, there’s no trace of the stuff in Warner Bros’ most recent, hapless attempt to jump-start their DC Comics blockbuster brand, which now looks less like a cinematic universe…

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That’s My Boy Predictably Juvenile and Unexpectedly Far More Nastier Than The Usual Adam Sandler’s Features

That’s My Boy Predictably Juvenile and Unexpectedly Far More Nastier Than The Usual Adam Sandler’s Features

Adam Sandler, comedian, A-List celebrity, and main man of this Friday’s That’s My Boy, is not a fool. Devoted to preserving his brand, his movies have effectively raised a generation, from the sophomoric absurdity of “Billy Madison” to, uh, the sophomoric banality of “Grown Ups.” You can’t keep playing the same notes forever, and Sandler is not the most diverse instrument, so aside from token experiments (“Punch Drunk Love” certainly stands out), That’s My Boy…

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Justice League Review: United At Last, Yet Still Not Strong Enough

Justice League Review: United At Last, Yet Still Not Strong Enough

After years of buildup, and a criminally underwhelming introduction to the members of the League via an onscreen computer screen, the team is finally, officially, united. And the result is decent, but half-hearted. Frankly, it’s not actually DC’s fault that they’re so late to the game, and that the entire “I’m putting a team together” trope veered into parody years ago. The first act is certainly the worst of the film, as Batman gathers the team…

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At Least There Is One Line in Justice League That Rightfully Captures 2017

At Least There Is One Line in Justice League That Rightfully Captures 2017

As the credits rolled at the end of my screening of Justice League on Wednesday night, three dudes in the front row began cheering rapturously. The rest of the audience was silent. For the entire film, these dudes laughed their ass off at most of the sitcom-quality gags and cheered when Superman or Wonder Woman or one of the rest made their big appearances. And I wanted to join them. Superhero movies are designed to make…

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Murder on the Orient Express Is A Mystery Worth Skipping

Murder on the Orient Express Is A Mystery Worth Skipping

In cinema, as elsewhere, there can be too much of a good thing. Quick: Do you remember the film several years back that starred Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, and Nicole Kidman, among others? If it reminds you of Nine, the director Rob Marshall’s musical follow-up to his Academy Award–winning Chicago, well good for you. I can scarcely summon any memory of the film myself. The director Kenneth Branagh’s remake of Murder on the Orient…

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Justice League Is Surprisingly Better Than the Previous DC Outing!

Justice League Is Surprisingly Better Than the Previous DC Outing!

Justice League, the latest DC Comics superhero hit directed by Zack Snyder, is looser, goosier and definitely more enjoyable than the last one. The bar could scarcely have been lower due to that the previous film, Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice, was such an interminable boredom. The superhero and villain dynamic remains pretty much the same as last time (slayers going to slay,…) but there are a few new faces now and Wonder Woman has more…

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I Gave Zero Sh*t About Marvel Films Till Thor Ragnarok

I Gave Zero Sh*t About Marvel Films Till Thor Ragnarok

I have a hit-and-miss record with Marvel movies, meaning that they are all hits, and I have somehow missed seeing most of them. I haven’t seen a single Avengers movie, nor a Captain America movie; I avoided Doctor Strange and just realized this very second that there was an Ant-Man movie. Also I can’t remember if I saw Guardians of the Galaxy or if I’m misremembering Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which I definitely saw because I could see it for…

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Thor Ragnarok – An interesting twist of by-the-books dream-hero fare

Thor Ragnarok – An interesting twist of by-the-books dream-hero fare

Solid enough, but this feels like a footnote in the crowded Marvel Cinematic Universe. For nearly a decade, the Marvel comic universe has flourished in film by striking a very gentle balance between serious and silly. Heart and sarcasm are seen in equal measure between Marvel’s many classic superhero fistfights. These films take no shame in laughing at their odd, over-serious origins—and do so with obvious love and reverence for their source material. However, there…

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