Adam Sandler has Ruined the ‘80s
Its game-over for Sandler and his crew, who are being attacked by aliens disguised as ‘80s arcade games.
Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and many other arcade games want to kill us and the fate of the earth rest in the hands of immature video game geeks (Sandler, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and Kevin James) … right. This disaster directed by Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire and Harry Potter 1 & 2) is a new substantial low for him. Seeing this film in 3D will melt your eyes as a giant Pac-Man rolls around New York City eating everything in its pathway. With James (the president) killing smurfs and Sandler jokes falling flat, this film was set up for failure from the start. Sadly, not even Dinklage’s mullet can save this film. Shame.
Pixels is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For some language and suggestive comments.
Amy Schumer and Bill Hader come together in this hilarious Judd Apatow (Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin) flick that hit a summer cord.
Schumer will make you laugh until your sides hurt, proving that she is now at the top of her game within the comedy world. Trainwreck scraps the rom-com clichés and replaces them with fierce dialog and real life situations. Schumer makes her incredible transition from TV’s Inside Amy Schumer to her big screen adaption. Taking on the lead role and writing the script, Schumer starts throwing punches and won’t let up. This fierce direction is calmly crafted by the brilliant mind of director Judd Apatow.
Trainwreck comes out with high energy and there’s no control in taming it. Too feminist for you men? Those of you then can piss off. Schumer plays Amy Townsend, a writer for a men’s magazine run by a virtuous editor (an uproariously funny Tilda Swinton). Swinton is high and mighty, not taking anyone else’s crap. She’s a real treat. Amy is sent in to interview Aaron Conners (a charming Bill Hader) for the magazine. Conners is a sports-medicine doctor who tends to celebrities like LeBron James (spoofing himself in the film).
There, Amy and Aaron are set for love. Not so fast! Amy is a foul mouth fueled by boozes, weed and was influenced by her neglectful dad (Colin Quinn), who informed her at a young age that monogamy isn’t real. It’s going to take a lot more will power by Aaron to win Amy over. Hader excels in the film, gaining a new peak in his career. Their chemistry blends and grows throughout the film. Relationships are messy and Schumer explores these entanglements. Kudos to Schumer and Hader who hit a summer cord and in the end sent the audience into tears from the non-stop belly laughs.
Trainwreck is rated R (Restricted). For strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use.
Paul Rudd brings the little guy to the big screen with charisma and a little dose of fun.
In the latest Superhero film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we get yet another origins story. But this time around Marvel is introducing us to their smallest hero yet … Ant-Man. Yes that’s right, he’s a cat burglar out to redeem himself with a scientific shrinking suit that allows him to increase in strength. Paul Rudd steps into the title role, bringing charm to the hero.
Rudd plays standard-sized Scott Lang (just released from jail for being convicted of burglary), who is approached by scientist Hank Pym (a class ‘A’ Michael Douglas) proposing a proposition on how Scott can bring out his inner-hero. Scott agrees, from there the little pest will get into all shorts of trouble and mayhem along the way. The visual splendor excels Ant-Man to a new level of entertainment, along with its nicely sliced humor. Out of the darker tone that has been recently displayed throughout The Avengers films, Ant-Man is surprisingly light and has a since of fun in the air.
Of course, with every superhero film there’s always a bad guy. Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) is a narcissistic scientist who wants to use the suit for war. Cross eventually becomes the Yellowjacket and is out for blood of Scott, Hank and his daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly). Director Peyton Reed lets loose on he action scenes, while scriptwriters (Joe Cornish, Edgar Wright, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd) keep the script sharp. Actor Michael Pena also offers a nice comedic relief throughout this action-heist film. Ant-Man also provides a sweet tribute to past superhero comics. Where Rudd goes we will follow and Marvel continues to keep the ball rolling.
Ant-Man is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For sci-fi action violence.
A Horrendous Mess
The Gallows hits an all-time low for found-footage horrors and makes its entrance as one of the worst films of the year.
There’s not much to say about this narcissistic teen horror film that reeks at the bottom of the barrel like other modern day found-footage films. The camera work is extremely jerky, rightfully so, giving its audience a headache from its visual disaster. These unpleasant teen characters add nothing new or exciting to the film, as the narrative will put viewers to sleep not scare them. I won’t even waste my time telling you the storyline, all I can say here is stay as far away as you can from this catastrophe. In the end, I could of cared less about each character as they were slowly killed, instead, I couldn't stop thinking about the empty feeling of less money in my wallet.
The Gallows is rated R (Restricted). For some disturbing violent content and terror.
With wooden acting and a muddled premise, Self/Less is a
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