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There’s no summertime relief in the film reboot of the 1983 original as viewers get dragged along on a forced march through a landscape of tastelessness unrelieved by laughs.
The manic comedy about Pac Man, Donkey Kong and other gaming bad guys invading earth might make viewers wish it were “game over” before the film ends.
In a faithful adaptation of a young-adult novel, kids talk, talk and talk about their anxieties for nearly two hours. Seldom does enlightenment dawn, but they gamely plug away.
The visceral boxing drama is not for the squeamish as it jabs at moral dilemmas. A wily trainer convinces a broken-down fighter to use his head as well as his hands.
Even as the romantic comedy formula starts wearing thin, the offensive portrayal of sexuality brings the whole film to a welcome if implausible end.
This bright, 3-D animated comedy tells the madcap story of the yellow, capsule-shaped creatures whose endearing presence contributed to the “Despicable Me” films.
“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15:13). That’s the overarching theme of “Faith of Our Fathers” (Pure Flix), a well-intentioned but awkwardly uneven account of Christianity’s impact on two generations of families.