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Abort, Retry, Fail? 'Pixels' Is Done in by Adam Sandler, General Lameness

Abort, Retry, Fail? 'Pixels' Is Done in by Adam Sandler, General Lameness

Thursday, July 30, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

Vintage video games come to the forefront in Pixels , a feature movie starring Adam Sandler that is based on a quirky little short film by Patrick Jean.

The fact that the short film is a lot cooler than the feature film reveals that perhaps the concept works better in a smaller dose—and that getting Ad...

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Unanimous Decision: Jake Gyllenhaal Is Convincing and Powerful as a Struggling Boxer in 'Southpaw'

Unanimous Decision: Jake Gyllenhaal Is Convincing and Powerful as a Struggling Boxer in 'Southpaw'

Thursday, July 30, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

Southpaw is one of the better boxing movies I’ve seen in recent years. Jake Gyllenhaal transforms himself as Billy Hope, a boxer at the top of the world with a beautiful wife (Rachel McAdams) and daughter (Oona Laurence). He loses everything, Rocky V -style, and must fight for redemption and the custo...

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True TV: 'Wet Hot American Summer' Takes It Back to the '80s; 'Strike Back' Returns for a Blowout

True TV: 'Wet Hot American Summer' Takes It Back to the '80s; 'Strike Back' Returns for a Blowout

Wednesday, July 29, 2015  |  Bill Frost

Wet Hot American Summer (Friday, July 31, Netflix), series debut: You either loved 2001 cult-flick Wet Hot American Summer , or hated it—or liked the first half and meh-ed the second; opinions vary wildly. The new eight-episode Netflix “prequel,” subtitled First Day of Camp , reassembles the original cas...

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Blu-Ray Review: 'What We Do in the Shadows' Is a Hilarious Vampire Mockumentary

Blu-Ray Review: 'What We Do in the Shadows' Is a Hilarious Vampire Mockumentary

Monday, July 27, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

One night after nostalgia struck me and I watched This Is Spinal Tap on Netflix, I popped in this vampire “mockumentary” in for a spin.

As it turns out, What We Do in the Shadows is the hilarious vampire cousin of Spinal Tap .

Jemaine Clement ( Flight of the Conchords ), Taika Waititi, Jonny Brugh and Ben Fran...

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A Heroic Performance: Paul Rudd Single-Handedly Makes 'Ant-Man' a Worthy Marvel Flick

A Heroic Performance: Paul Rudd Single-Handedly Makes 'Ant-Man' a Worthy Marvel Flick

Thursday, July 23, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

After a shocking directorial exodus and a series of rewrites, Marvel’s Ant-Man has finally made it to the screen—and it’s a reasonably enjoyable piece of summer fare, thanks to the total charmer playing the title character.

Paul Rudd is Scott Lang, the professional, wisecracking thief who’s given a new...

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Sensational Schumer: The Hilarious Comedian Elevates Her Rote Romantic-Comedy Script in 'Trainwreck'

Sensational Schumer: The Hilarious Comedian Elevates Her Rote Romantic-Comedy Script in 'Trainwreck'

Thursday, July 23, 2015  |  Bob Grimm

Trainwreck offers the hilarious Amy Schumer her first starring vehicle, with a screenplay she wrote under the directorial tutelage of Judd Apatow. This movie signals the arrival of Schumer as a cinematic force.

She plays Amy, a magazine writer playing the field in New York—and doing it rather sloppily...

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