Catching up on the tube, from ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Community’
Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke star in “Game of Thrones.”
- New films
‘Rock of Ages’
Director: Adam Shankman.
Starring: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta.
The plot: A smal town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.
Genre: Comedy, drama.
‘That’s My Boy’
Director: Sean Anders.
Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg.
The plot: While still in his teens, Donny fathered a son, Todd, and raised him as a single parent until Todd’s 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd’s world comes crashing down.
- Film roundup
“Men In Black 3”
★★ (out of four)
“MiB3” was, I suppose, intended as a celebratory ditty, and a chance for Sonnenfeld to demonstrate that his years in the Hollywood system haven’t yet rendered him a permanent idiot. It fails on both counts, and although it is not without its (relatively) strong points, one can’t help but dwell on the question of how so much potential could be so recklessly squandered.
So what happened with “The Dictator”? Did Cohen and Charles find it difficult to transition from the documentary style of “Borat!” and “Bruno” to a more traditional narrative structure, as some have theorized? Perhaps, but in all fairness they’ve still managed to maintain a consistent comic rhythm throughout the film, suggesting that the problems lie deeper. Were they thrown off by the heavily racist nature of their film, which follows a dictator from northern Africa on his quest to reclaim the throne after being replaced by an imposter?
Such a film could conceivably be saved by a talented and game cast, but with the exception of Eva Green as the witchy villain, everybody seems to be sleepwalking through their roles. Depp, playing yet another gimmick character in a big-budget Hollywood movie, just looks jaded at this point, or perhaps baked out of his gourd. Either way he’s a bore. Chloe Moretz, usually adorable, appears to have been suffering from chronic constipation during filming. Even Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jackie Earl Haley are wasted in under-written roles.
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2012 11:17 am
I just didn’t have the heart to take the plunge with “Snow White & the Huntsman,” although its impressive debut at the box office last weekend suggests that it has its share of admirers among the wretched, entertainment-starved masses.
So knock yourself out, if you’re into that sort of thing. As for me, I took a week off from the multiplex to catch up on some TV shows. And considering the recent void of reasonable options on theater marquees lately, I suspect that many of you have been doing the same.
Friday, June 8, 2012 11:17 am.