Adam Sandler gets the review he deserves
The Times’ A.O. Scott unloads. Because life is short and I have other things to be upset about, I will not dwell on the offensive aspects of “Blended,” the new Adam Sandler comedy: its retrograde gender politics; its delight in the humiliation of children; its sentimental hypocrisy about male behavior; its quasi-zoological depiction of Africans as servile, dancing, drum-playing…
‘American Beauty’ is worse than I remembered
You may not agree that Annette Bening’s performance was ridiculously over the top, or that the script was condescending and implausible. But you’re not going to defend this. Are you?
For the 2 people who wondered: Whatever happened to Harry Anderson?
I was never a fan of “Night Court” but even I even feel a little sorry for Harry Anderson, now reduced to playing a smug atheist professor in a new movie produced by the same group that runs the Creation Museum. Christian rock or Christian cinema: Which is worse?
Robert DeNiro’s last 25 movies
Take away DeNiro’s supporting turns in “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook” and you have a misspent 10 years. I haven’t even heard of some of these flicks, most of which sound like some 1980s TV show starring Robert Urich or Lee Majors. At least DeNiro waited until old age, unlike Johnny Depp. 2014 The…
Oscar’s worst winners
A quick aside: Ellen=Lesbian Billy Crystal Titanic. Give me “The Poseidon Adventure” any day. Shakespeare in Love. Unleashed Gwyneth Paltrow on an unsuspecting world. Gandhi. Tried to cover too much ground, a typical failing of biopics. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Heralded the geek takeover I long feared. Dances With…