Friday, June 25, 2010

Today's New in Theaters- 6/25/10

Grown Ups: It's basically the male counterpart to Sex and the City 2: a bunch of people I stopped caring about a long, long time ago, slapping together some lazy shit for an easy buck. As we've discussed before, Adam Sandler's only good movies are the ones he makes for other people; this one is branded with his Happy Madison imprint, and all which that implies (serial cinema killer Dennis Dugan in the director's chair, Dickie Roberts/Joe Dirt scribe Fred Wolf "writing" the "screenplay", and even larger-than-usual appearances by David Spade and Rob Schneider). "This film is like Jason Miller's That Championship Season," writes Marshall Fine, "except with douchebags who think they're funny." Even self-proclaimed Sandler apologist Brian Orndorf isn't buying: "Until his box office fortunes truly take a dive, I fear Adam Sandler is done making any noticeable effort."

Knight and Day: My interest is piqued here not by Cruise (who I've always defended, but hasn't exactly been on a hot streak as of late) or Diaz (whose schtick grew tiresome some time ago), but director James Mangold, whose filmography boasts no duds and several aces (CopLand, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma). Ebert says it's a decent popcorn flick that relies to heavily on the CG; Joe Morgenstern says the CG overshadows and wrecks the picture.

Restrepo: Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's debut film is an uncommonly well-made ground view of the war in Afghanistan; embedding for several months with a platoon in the Korangal Valley, aka "the valley of death." It's a loose but riveting tale, expertly and artfully shot in a verite style that captures the naked emotions and fears of the men on the job.

1 comment:

  1. Didn't I already skip Grown Ups twice when it was called Old Dogs and Wild Hogs?