| Apr 18, 2013
LAS VEGAS -- The head of the National Assn. of Theatre Owners may want Hollywood to make fewer R-rated movies, but the exhibitors at CinemaCon this week seem to be eager for more.
During nearly every studio presentation here this week, the movies...
| Oct 11, 2012
*1/2 (out of four)
Sorry, art and theater departments.
A Boston high school principal (Greg Germann) says he has to cut all non-athletic extracurricular activities, but no one mentions any programs besides music. Biology teacher Scott Voss (Kevin James)...
| Oct 11, 2012
Wait a sec. How did the Kevin James mixed martial arts movie end up a more convincing portrait of the plight of the American public school teacher than "Won't Back Down," a film that's actually about that subject?
"Here Comes the Boom" begins not well,...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 1:14 PM
There will be a tense standoff between two hostage movies at the box office this weekend, as “Taken 2” and “Argo" battle for No. 1.
After a spectacular $49.5-million debut last weekend, the Liam Neeson sequel "Taken 2" will likely...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 12:16 AM
This is the type of movie critics are going to rip apart. They’re not going to pull their punches as they have at it. Perhaps it’s because I went in with low expectations that I kind of had fun with it.
I did wonder something about Joe Rogan,...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 9:05 AM
A movie can become a franchise easily when its plot basically consists of its stars hanging out and vaguely pretending that a story is being told.
As such, this summer brings “Grown Ups 2,” in which Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock...
| May 1, 2011
A once-successful toy executive and family man suffering from depression begins communicating through a beaver hand puppet. With Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and Anton Yelchin. Written by Kyle Killen. Directed by Foster. Summit...
| Jul 8, 2011
There's no "The" in the title of the Kevin James comedy "Zookeeper," and that lack of a definitive article pretty well encapsulates the generic fat man follies on display here.
Shifting James' unhip-employee brand from the shopping center ("Paul Blart:...
| Jul 7, 2011
A little more than a year ago, the makers of "Zookeeper" took the Kevin James comedy to the AMC Ontario Mills 30 multiplex for a test screening. The talking-animals film had been scheduled to be released in October 2010, but the Sony Pictures brass were...
| Nov 20, 2011
Shopping centers have always been about more than shopping. Before the rise of Internet-based social interaction, malls were a workplace, gathering place and pop culture petri dish for the better part of two generations. That made them the perfect...
| Feb 10, 2012
| 11:04 AM
A film company that invested in a Sony Pictures co-financing fund arranged by Relativity Media is suing both Relativity and Wall Street giant Fortress Investment Group for fraud and breach of contract....
| May 23, 2012
| 4:38 PM
“That’s My Boy” will be Adam Sandler’s first R-rated comedy under his own brand (as opposed to films he’s made with prominent directors like Paul Thomas Anderson or Judd Apatow). “That’s My Boy” is being...