pixelsIn 1982, a time capsule containing among other things arcade games, is launched into space; three decades later, aliens use those games to attack Earth… The filmmakers expanded a 2010 short film for this comedy that looks like it wants to be a new Ghostbusters (1984), as it assembles a motley team (including once-brilliant gamer Adam Sandler and his best buddy, the current U.S. President (Kevin James)) to fight the aliens. OK special effects, even though its use of 3D is a missed opportunity, but the script lacks laughs and charm.

2015-U.S. 106 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Chris Columbus. Cast: Adam Sandler (Sam Brenner), Kevin James (Will Cooper), Michelle Monaghan (Violet Van Patten), Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Matt Lintz… Brian Cox, Sean Bean, Jane Krakowski, Dan Aykroyd. Cameos: Serena Williams, Martha Stewart, Daryl Hall, John Oates.

Trivia: Jennifer Aniston was allegedly considered for a role. “Pac-Man” creator Toru Iwatani has a cameo in a scene; he’s also a character in a different scene, but is then played by Denis Akiyama.

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