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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