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The Ridiculous 6 (2015)

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The Ridiculous 6 (2015)

It occurs to me that the worst thing that can ever happen to a comedian is to reach a point at which the general audience moves from “What has happened to you?” to the lower depths of “How do you keep getting work?” Such is the commentary on Adam Sandler whose recent spate of disastrous […]

| December 11, 2015
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Vacation (2015)

Vacation (2015)

In the course of sitting through the godawful new Vacation sequel, I find that my mind drifts not to the Chevy Chase classic but to the recent remake of Poltergeist.  Both are unnecessary down to their very core and neither gives any indication that the filmmakers had any real desire to make a movie that […]

| May 28, 2015
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Unfriended (2015)

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Unfriended (2015)

Oh lord . . . how long till Avengers? Unfriended is unwatchable, a product of towering dullness wrapped in a gimmick that doesn’t work, packed with people you wouldn’t want to spend five minutes with. It’s a colossal miscalculation of character and tension built on a flimsy idea and padded out by technological glitches that […]

| April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

I’ve already seen one miserable movie this year about a group of guys who do horrible things to each other, and here I am just a few weeks later dealing with another one. The chief difference between The Loft and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is that one is a thriller and the other is […]

| February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Let’s Be Cops (2014)

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Let’s Be Cops (2014)

Let’s Be Cops is a movie that flops over and dies at the very core of its premise. It’s about a pair of losers who acquire two police uniforms and then discover that everyone mistakes them for the real thing – even other cops. From the get-go, I couldn’t clear the thought from my mind, […]

| August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (2013)

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Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (2013)

I will admit that it is somewhat by design that I arrived late to the cult of Tyler Perry and by extension to the fatuous imbecile whose perplexing popularity inspires him to put on a dress and a grey wig. Either you get onboard with this Madea character or you don’t. Personally, I don’t. I […]

| December 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (2012)

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Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (2012)

I am surprised to report that I am not as angry with Tim and Eric’s movie as I should be.  Their TV show makes me itch, but their movie is less torpor than it is banality at feature-length.   In an odd way, I mean that as a compliment.  I wouldn’t say that this movie is […]

| May 14, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

With all the good will in the world, I sat through Jonathan Livingston Seagull with an open mind and struggled against my better judgment not to be cynical. Yet, I failed and the cynicism found me anyway. I have an open mind toward almost anything, but in this case I must confess that there will […]

| May 10, 2012 | 0 Comments
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