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Graphic violence, gritty language and stereotyping of the bad guys ruin the premise of a movie about an American family forced to fight their way out of a country caught up in political turmoil.
The characters of the film “We Are Your Friends” live in a party-craving stupor, reinforcing the Hollywood myth that the greatest human aspiration is to have a good time.
The action comedy’s potentially appealing premise is turned into nothing but a queasy rampage due to its way-over-the-top explicit violence.
A cultural landmark for baby-boomers comes to the big screen in the espionage yarn “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” clad in a Cold War setting and James Bond glamour.
The film’s flavorful slice of pop culture history is missing a critique of the ethically impoverished worldview of gangsta rap music that permeates the movie.
#711 is one of a cavalcade of ill-conceived figures featured in “The League of Regrettable Superheroes” (Quirk Books). Written by Jon Morris, this ironic retrospective showcases, as the cover blurb puts it, “half-baked heroes from comic book history.”
The script for the film reboot of the comic series features a ham-handed critique of the military-industrial complex and pushes a naive “science will save us from ourselves” message.
“The Gift” (STX) takes its time unwrapping. What begins as a psychological thriller eventually reveals itself as another entry in the revenge-fantasy genre.