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Meyerowitz Stories: Sandler and Stiller Strike Back

This weekend my parents are coming to Stockholm to see me, my brother, sister and nephews. I’m glad they’re coming because we are all close, but at the same time there can be tensions when parents and their adult sons and daughters have to live together closely for a short time. It doesn’t matter how … Continue reading Meyerowitz Stories: Sandler and Stiller Strike Back

Independence Day: Resurgence

WE HAD TWENTY YEARS TO PREPARE. SO DID THEY.  Twenty years after the war that put an end to a global alien invasion, there are troubling signs that the aggressive extra-terrestrials are mounting another attack. The director and many of the original actors returned for a belated 3D sequel that basically repeats the same formula, … Continue reading Independence Day: Resurgence

Sharknado 2: The Second One

SHARK HAPPENS! Fin and April (Ian Ziering, Tara Reid) are headed to New York City after surviving the sharknado in L.A., but a new storm is brewing outside the Big Apple. Considering the nature of this particular pop-culture phenomenon, a review feels superfluous. People watch this because everything in it is supposed to suck – … Continue reading Sharknado 2: The Second One

Independence Day

EARTH. TAKE A GOOD LOOK. IT COULD BE YOUR LAST. An inflated and patriotic throwback to those grand space movies and disaster flicks of the 1950s and ‘70s, this story, where Earth is attacked by huge space ships and must retaliate, could be described as the ultimate invasion matinee. Stirring in the beginning, with special … Continue reading Independence Day

Damages: Power and Personal Ruin

When Glenn Kessler, his younger brother Todd and Daniel Zelman got together to create a new legal show, their idea was not to follow the same path as Law & Order or David E. Kelley. There would be no lengthy courtroom showdowns, or any Boston Legal-type comedy stunts. In fact, Damages was serious business and … Continue reading Damages: Power and Personal Ruin

The Muppets

THEY’RE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK. On a visit to Los Angeles, two brothers who are huge fans of the Muppets realize that the old studio closed down years ago… and now the showbiz gang are in danger of losing everything, including their name. The first Muppet movie in 12 years wisely, cleverly and disarmingly acknowledge … Continue reading The Muppets

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

Serpico: Fighting the Man

MANY OF HIS FELLOW OFFICERS CONSIDERED HIM THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE – AN HONEST COP. One of director Sidney Lumet’s best movies has topics he would return to more than once in his career. There’s the truth-teller played by Al Pacino who would reappear in the guises of Peter Finch in Network (1976) and … Continue reading Serpico: Fighting the Man

A Beautiful Mind: The Brain As Friend and Foe

HE SAW THE WORLD IN A WAY NO ONE COULD HAVE IMAGINED. They said the screenplay had little to do with brilliant mathematician John Nash’s real life. They said director Ron Howard had made the film too mushy and didn’t deserve to win the top Oscar. And Russell Crowe’s acting was targeted perhaps because he … Continue reading A Beautiful Mind: The Brain As Friend and Foe