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The bathroom jokes and phallic humor start early in "Vacation," as the opening credits roll against a backdrop of typical tourist photos marred by unfortunate accidents. That sets the tone for this raunchy but toothless follow-up to "National Lampoon's Vacation," the 1983 comedy classic about a pleasant family road trip that spirals into insanity and death. More »
It might not become a Christmas classic, but it's certainly a romantic comedy -- albeit with an unconventional number and variety of moving parts. More »
The psychological study dramatized in Kyle Patrick Alvarez's film "The Stanford Prison Experiment" was conducted in 1971 by Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who split 24 Stanford University students into guards and prisoners, then put them in a makeshift prison in a school basement. Within a few hours the subjects had essentially become their roles; within a few days the basement had become a petri dish teeming with cruelty, despair, abuse and sexualized humiliation. To this day, the experiment remains a byword for many things: questionable ethics, the frightening pliability of reality and, most of all, the ugliness of human nature. More »
Asked whether she was shocked when her grandson came out of the closet, "Do I Sound Gay?" director David Thorpe's grandmother says of course, because "You always seemed very normal to me." Ouch. Kind of a kick in the teeth, which can't possibly help one's lingual articulation, which is the subject of Thorpe's very entertaining exploration of the sibilant S and the overarticulated P, T and K -- as well as homophobia, self-loathing, gay-bashing and the ways a homosexual can change his voice. And why would you want to? He gets into that, too. More »
How old are Adam Sandler's fans? A safe bet would be roughly his age, which at the moment is 48. The biggest clue came with the success of "The Wedding Singer," a 1998 rom-com set during Sandler's formative years in the 1980s. Driven by British synth-pop nuggets and jokes about Michael Jackson jackets, "The Wedding Singer" became a $123 million hit, and Sandler has since made a habit of inserting nostalgic references into many of his movies, from "Grown Ups" to "That's My Boy." More »
Nat Wolff plays an uptight high-school senior and Cara Delevingne is his free-spirited classmate in "Paper Towns," the latest film based on a young-adult novel by John Green. Like the last one, "The Fault in Our Stars," this one is a collection of pretty moments and yearning pop songs rather than a fully convincing story. How well it works for you may depend on how close in age you are to its characters. More »
Schumer's "Trainwreck" doesn't flip the romantic comedy on its head but merely gives it an awkward shove. More »
Anyone who considers him or herself an unofficial Baker Street Irregular is aware that Arthur Conan Doyle's greatest invention -- Sherlock Holmes -- was a proto-modernist creature. He was well aware of the stories being written about him by Dr. Watson, which he considered amusing distractions, but they were quite beneath his dignity. According to director Bill Condon and screenwriter Mitch Cullin, 50 years and two world wars later, he wouldn't have changed his mind. More »
'Irrational Man" marks the 50th feature film from Woody Allen as a writer or director, and it will surprise no one that the master, at 79, is repeating himself. "Irrational Man," which centers on a murder, covers much the same territory as 1989's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and 2005's "Match Point." Its quintessentially Allenesque characters discuss French philosophy and Russian literature. Here's another motif that may ring a bell: The movie features a middle-age man who sleeps with a beautiful girl less than half his age. More »
For those who don't spend much time in the comic-book universe, the release of "Ant-Man" might suggest that Marvel is finally scraping the bottom of its barrel. Has it really come to this -- a small superhero who can lift stuff? More »