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The Greatest Hits of 2016

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2016 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Michael Bay leaves his robots aside for a while, taking on a politically sensitive subject. Looks far from another Zero Dark Thirty (2012) though. * Kung … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2016

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

ONE FINAL NIGHT TO SAVE THE DAY. When Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) learns that the magical tablet that makes everything in the Museum of Natural History come alive at night is corroding, the race is on to save it. The third film in the franchise is very similar to its predecessors, but still has greater … Continue reading Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

STOP DREAMING. START LIVING. Life Magazine employee Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) is a first-rate daydreamer, but unable to make his real life exciting… until the day he needs to save his job and find a lost negative. Neither this initially much-hyped project nor the original Danny Kaye film have much in common with James Thurber’s … Continue reading The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Watch

GOT PROTECTION? When a security guard is murdered in a Costco store in Glenview, Ohio, its manager (Ben Stiller) forms a neighborhood watch, little dreaming that they’re facing… aliens. The script bears hallmarks of its childish writers, but has very few jokes and seems to rely entirely on Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill to … Continue reading The Watch

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Wig out. In a desperate attempt to get back to New York City, runaway zoo lion Alex and his friends leave Africa… and end up joining the circus. Not many franchises keep getting better with each new outing, but this one does. Number three would merit a higher rating were it not for the simple … Continue reading Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Three Farrelly Brothers Moments That Made Us Go WTF

The Farrelly Brothers are not easily dismissed. There are those who feel that they have cheapened American comedy ever since There’s Something About Mary (1998). Leonard Maltin would undoubtedly agree with that sentiment. And there are those who simply can’t help but laugh at their raunchy comedies and would prefer not having to think too much … Continue reading Three Farrelly Brothers Moments That Made Us Go WTF

I’m Still Here

2008 was the year when Joaquin Phoenix announced to the world that he’d give up acting and become a rap artist; apparently, this was also a time when he stopped shaving and showering. Eventually, the whole thing was revealed as a stunt for this faux documentary that aims to show how artists are not allowed … Continue reading I’m Still Here

Little Fockers

KIDS BRING EVERYONE CLOSER, RIGHT? After giving Jack (Robert De Niro) twin grandchildren, Greg (Ben Stiller) has finally ended up in the retired CIA agent’s good graces… but that changes again quickly. The third film in the series that began with Meet the Parents (2000) has a script that doesn’t really know which storyline to focus on, and a series … Continue reading Little Fockers

Tower Heist

IT’S NOT JUST A ROBBERY. IT’S PAYBACK. When Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) and a group of employees at an exclusive NYC apartment building learn that one of the tenants, a Wall Street tycoon (Alan Alda), has embezzled their pension funds, they plot revenge. Certainly a heist movie for our times as the villain will remind audiences of Bernie … Continue reading Tower Heist

Submarine

A COMEDY THAT DOESN’T LET PRINCIPLES STAND IN THE WAY OF PROGRESS. Wales, 1986; 15-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) tries to impress a girl (Yasmin Paige) at school while also worrying about the deteriorating relationship between his parents. Richard Ayoade’s directing debut is a critically lauded coming-of-age drama that deals with depression and alienation in a … Continue reading Submarine

Megamind

HEROES AREN’T BORN. THEY’RE MADE. Two alien babies are shipped to Earth and grow up in Metro City, shaping their future as a superhero, Metro Man, and a super-villain, Megamind. The Madagascar director strikes with a saga that flips the Superman myth and focuses on the villain and his potential for greatness; Guillermo del Toro has also been … Continue reading Megamind

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OFF THE BATTLE IS ON. While Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) has been busy creating a business empire for himself, his old buddies at the Museum of Natural History are being shipped off to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The kind of mandatory sequel where no one involved has to work hard to … Continue reading Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Still together. Still lost! Our runaway zoo animals try to leave Madagascar on an airplane but crash-lands on the main continent where Alex finds his parents. The title may be completely illogical, but the movie benefits from a few improvements on the original. It is funnier, pure and simple, with dialogue and situations that are somewhat … Continue reading Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa