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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

THE STORY BEHIND AMERICA’S MOST NOTORIOUS SERIAL KILLER. In the mid-70s, as police are doing their best to tie Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) to a series of murders, his girlfriend (Lily Collins) refuses to believe that he’s guilty. The unbelievable story of serial killer Ted Bundy explores his relationships with women and how he tried … Continue reading Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

The Disaster Artist

San Francisco, the late 1990s; 19-year-old Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) is trying to become an actor and is awestruck by the take-no-prisoners approach of the mysterious Tommy Wiseau (James Franco). The story behind The Room (2003), the cult item that’s often called the most unintentionally hilarious bad movie ever made, is pretty straightforward, as we … Continue reading The Disaster Artist

Baywatch

BEACHES AIN’T READY.  This big-screen take on the corny 1989-2001 TV series goes for raunchy gags and waterlogged action, failing to impress in both instances. Dwayne Johnson inherits the old David Hasselhoff part as Mitch, the veteran among a crew of Florida lifeguards; when a poorly motivated former Olympic swimmer (Zac Efron) shows up for … Continue reading Baywatch

Neighbors

FAMILY VS. FRAT. When a fraternity moves into the house next door, a married couple (Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne) try to get on their good side… but they’re soon bitter enemies. A huge box-office success that doesn’t challenge any formulas but takes good advantage of its suburban setting, with a conflict between two types of … Continue reading Neighbors

Dirty Grandpa

THEY’RE HITTING THE ROAD. AND EVERYTHING ON IT. After the death of his grandmother, Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) agrees to drive his granddad (Robert DeNiro) to Boca Raton, Florida… but learns that the old man is on a mission. Somewhere buried deep underneath layer after layer of unfunny, raunchy jokes and spring-break shenanigans lies a … Continue reading Dirty Grandpa

The Paperboy

In 1969, reporter Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) and his younger brother (Zac Efron) are investigating the background behind an upcoming execution, helped by a woman (Nicole Kidman) who’s fallen in love with the convict. The dark novel has fans, but the movie is more of a guilty pleasure. A steamy, dirty Southern tale with no … Continue reading The Paperboy

The Lucky One

U.S. Marine Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) comes to Louisiana looking for the woman who unwittingly saved his life in Iraq; when he finally meets Beth (Taylor Schilling) he’s unable to tell her how he knows her, but decides to stick around. Another schmaltzy Nicholas Sparks adaptation; apparently, it doesn’t matter whether Lasse Hallström or Scott … Continue reading The Lucky One

New Year’s Eve

THE ONE NIGHT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Garry Marshall followed up his ensemble piece Valentine’s Day (2010) with a similar film, made to entertain young and old as we contemplate the (romantic?) possibilities of a new year. The cast is full of stars, but focus tends to lie on younger, popular talent. What everybody has in common though … Continue reading New Year’s Eve

Hairspray

IT WAS A TIME OF TRADITION, A TIME OF VALUES, AND A TIME… TO SHAKE THINGS UP. Baltimore, 1962; plump teenager Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) gets the chance to dance on a popular TV show but faces stiff resistance… not least when she becomes engaged in the civil rights movement. Not really a remake of the … Continue reading Hairspray