movie review

Unlike a nice wine that can only grow more lush over time, a movie that sits on the shelf for a few years cannot boast the same. This dud from SNL producer Lorne Michaels has inexplicably lingered in distribution limbo for years after missing several release dates. Time has not been kind to this comedy, based on a real armored car company theft in 1997 that happened in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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A quick polling of my pals outside the theater at the conclusion of this latest Star Trek installment revealed that the winner and still champion is the 1982 “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.” It’s hard to beat Ricardo Montalban spewing, “… I spit my last breath at thee.” But that was then and this is now, and one of the best things this franchise has going for it is the reboot that gave Trekkes a whole new — and yes, younger — cast to enjoy.

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Walter White crosses back from the dark side as Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” fame takes on the role of a drug enforcer rather than a drug peddler. Based on U.S.

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This animated feature offers an answer to pet owners who wonder what their pets do all day while they’re away. You could solve that with a nanny cam, but it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun as seeing this. From the team that created “Despicable Me,” this animated film hits the mark on almost every level.

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It’s been over 40 years since “Jaws” made us think a little harder about wading out into the ocean. And surfing was just out of the question. But if you’re up for a trip to the beach in the midst of this hot, dry movie season, then this is your ticket.

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Finally the sequel to the beloved (and super popular) animated feature “Finding Nemo.” It’s a mystery why we had to wait so long considering some fish products begin to ripen after a few days — and not in a good way. It’s been 13 years since we’ve checked in with Marlin and Nemo, the father and son clown fish duo, and little Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) the blue tang fish, with the short-term memory issue.

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It’s not even officially summer yet and already superhero fatigue has set in. Why must the world always be at risk? So filmmakers can spend hundreds of millions of dollars on special effects and our super friends can save us. My cape and mask to the next writer who can script one of these storylines so that some other planet has a crisis.

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The dismal sequel to the hit comedy “Neighbors,” which premiered this past weekend is indicative of what passes for entertainment these days. Take a modest box office winner from a couple of summers ago and use it to launch another one.

It’s easier than coming up with more original material.

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Summer is coming. The superhero and big action movies featuring the X Men, The Avengers, the Star Trek gang, and even the resurrection of the alien fighting force from “Independence Day,” based on a 20-year old summer hit, are the big tent poles the studios are counting on to bring in big box office. But what about the comedies, animated features and dramas that will fill out the rest of the cinemas this summer? Here’s a look at some of them:

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Like a car limping along on under-inflated tires, this gets to where it’s going, but the ride is pretty bumpy. Revisiting the Portokalos family was probably a better idea on paper than it actually is on screen. Back in 2002, the original movie written by its star, Nia Vardalos, was a phenomenal hit with its fish-out-of-water cross culture story.

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