Sylvester’s Stallone’s magnum opus “The Expendables” more or less closes out the depression-inducing summer movie season, but at least we’re going out on a high note. Also this week: a quick look at a dozen upcoming fall releases that will hopefully do something to make amends for the past three months of disappointing dreck.
Whenever we hit a rough patch like this, when seemingly every film that opens at local theaters isn’t worth a minute of your time or a dime of your money, I get hassled for “not liking anything.” Apparently, the logic is that movies are innately entertaining — neither the filmmaker nor the stars need to do anything to earn your attention or gratitude, and can in fact just put a bunch of random, uninteresting crap on the screen and expect accolades. After all, “it’s just a movie.” If you’re one of those people who subscribe to this view, who liked “The A-Team” or “The Losers” or “Predators” or “Salt” or any of the other boring action flicks we saw this summer, then you have my pity.
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