‘Only God Forgives’ can be forgiven, given the director’s other great films

"Julian" (Ryan Gosling) and "Mai" (Ratha Phongam) in Julian's boxing club in a scene from 'Only God Forgives'
“Julian” (Ryan Gosling) and “Mai” (Ratha Phongam) in Julian’s boxing club in a scene from ‘Only God Forgives’

 

If you think the fact that Only God Forgives brings writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling together again will make it anywhere near as good as Drive, think again.  There’s a good idea in there somewhere, but it got lost in the execution.  Maybe because there are several executions juxtaposed with scenes of cops singing karaoke.

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There is little grown-up about ‘Grown Ups 2’ but it will make you laugh

Chris Rock, Kevin James, Adam Sandler and David Spade about to jump off a cliff in 'Grown Ups 2'
Chris Rock, Kevin James, Adam Sandler and David Spade about to jump off a cliff in ‘Grown Ups 2’

[rating=3]Starring:  Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, David Spade, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swardson and a whole lot of others
Writer(s):  Fred Wolf & Adam Sandler & Tim Herlihy (based on characters created by Sandler and Herlihy)
Director(s):  Dennis Dugan

Welcome to the latest meeting of the SNL alumni and the Adam Sandler acting company (some of the players are members of both groups).  This time the setting for their gathering is a sequel to one of Sandler’s earlier films.  That’s a first for Sandler, a sequel to one of his films.

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‘World War Z’ is a zombie tale that deserves an A+

Brad Pitt fights to save the world, and his family, in 'World War Z'
Brad Pitt fights to save the world, and his family, in ‘World War Z’

Based loosely on the best-selling novel, World War Z is the latest entry in the zombie genre and it is a winner.  Starring Brad Pitt as “Gerry Lane”, a former UN investigator who left his job to spend more time with his family, it opens as though it’s just another day in the Lane household.  His wife “Karin” (Mireille Enos) and their two kids “Rachel” (Abigail Hargrove) and “Constance” (Sterling Jerins) are all getting ready to go out.

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‘The Heat’ is funny as hell

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are comedy gold in 'The Heat'
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are comedy gold in ‘The Heat’

[rating=3]Starring:  Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rappaport, Jane Curtin, Spoken Reasons, Dan Bakkedahl, Taran Killam, Michael McDonald and Thomas F. Wilson
Writer(s):  Katie Dippold
Director(s):  Paul Feig

Take an entirely too up-tight and straitlaced FBI agent, add in a Boston PD detective who is so far over the top as to be somewhere in the stratosphere and you have The Heat.  Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) has another winner in this female buddy-cop film starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.

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