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The Cobbler review – a desperate and misguided modern fairytale

7 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A shoe-mender finds magical powers in this mawkish Adam Sandler vehicle

Adam Sandler movies tend to be unspeakable; this at least has the virtue of being differently unspeakable. It’s a folksy Jewish-themed parable about a lonely New York cobbler who discovers a magical shoe-stitching device (must be an Isaac Bashevis Singer sewing machine) that grants him chameleon powers. The shape-shifting premise takes a queasy oedipal turn when, in the guise of his long-absent dad (Dustin Hoffman), he has a romantic dinner with his elderly ma. It’s saccharine stuff until it detours bizarrely into violent intrigue, as Sandler tangles with a local black hood (an altogether racist cipher, improbably played by Wu-Tang Clan rapper Method Man).

The Cobbler is directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy, who made 2003’s much-admired The Station Agent, but his penchant for whimsy here congeals to the consistency of stale lokshen pudding. Much play is »

- Jonathan Romney

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‘I Am Chris Farley’ is earnest, flawed tribute to comedy legend

30 July 2015 10:24 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I Am Chris Farley

Written by Steve Burgess

Directed by Brent Hodge & Derik Murray

Canada, 2015

For those who came of age in the ‘90s, Chris Farley is the closest thing to John Belushi that they will ever experience. He was a live wire; an entertainment phenomenon that exploded and flamed out before our very eyes. Brent Hodge and Derik Murray’s new documentary, I Am Chris Farley, tries to illuminate his meteoric rise and fall, as well as to understand his delicate psyche. Mostly, it’s another chance to re-live some of Farley’s best bits, which is just enough to recommend this otherwise disappointing chat-fest.

Chris Farley was born craving the spotlight. Friends and family recount tales of a young Wisconsinite who was determined to entertain everyone around him. Photos and archival footage of his early performances reveal a fearless artist who was willing to do anything to make people laugh, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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The Cobbler, film review: Adam Sandler's latest vehicle quickly becomes unstitched

30 July 2015 8:45 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Adam Sandler's latest vehicle begins promisingly before losing its footing entirely. Written and directed by Thomas McCarthy (the film-maker behind The Station Agent), the film sees Sandler in Isaac Bashevis Singer mode. He plays Max Simkin, a woebegone New York City cobbler who discovers he can take over the bodies of the customers whose size 10-and-a-half shoes he repairs. »

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The Cobbler review – botched Adam Sandler fantasy comedy

30 July 2015 2:40 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This entirely dreadful yarn about a magical cobbler is up to Sandler’s usual standards, but you might have expected more from its director

It stars Adam Sandler and, yes, cobbler’s in the title. Make your own jokes, because they’re otherwise lacking here: this botched fantasy – in which Sandler’s downtrodden Max discovers a magical stitching machine that allows him to literally walk a mile in his customers’ shoes – collapses amid its attempts to reshape a notionally sincere script to fit an A-list heel. An intriguing Jewish-heritage angle is soon overwritten so a bodyswapping Sandler can gawp at boobs; thereafter, it shrugs through boring squabbles with slumlord Ellen Barkin towards a will-this-do? punchline about cobblers being “guardians of soles”. Such indifferent material may now be expected from Sandler; coming from Tom McCarthy, writer-director of 2003’s cherishable The Station Agent, it’s an almighty shame.

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- Mike McCahill

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Review: I Am Chris Farley, A Wistful, Loving Tribute To The Late Comedian

30 July 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

"The fatty falls down and everyone goes home happy!" jokes Chris Farley with a hint of sincere embarrassment, on The Late Show with David Letterman. This was true. No other Saturday Night Live (SNL) alum of that era - Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Rob Schneider - made me roll on the floor with laughter like Chris Farley. It was his childlike innocence, manic energy and great physical abandon that made him so magical.His drug overdose in 1997 came as no surprise to many, as the rumors of his drug and sex fueled escapades were widely publicized. I Am Chris Farley, directed by Brent Hodge (A Brony Tale) and Derik Murray (I Am Bruce Lee, I Am Evel Knievel) and co-produced by Kevin Farley, Chris's...

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The Guardian Film Show: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Hot Pursuit, Beyond The Reach and The Cobbler

30 July 2015 8:41 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Our film critics review this week's releases, including Tom Cruise's fifth bout of ab-flashing in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Reese Witherspoons bumpy road movie, Hot Pursuit

Henry Barnes and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week our team of critics accept the spy games, insane stunts and insaner ab-flashing of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation; hitch a ride with Reese Witherspoon's pot-holed road comedy Hot Pursuit; scream through the desert with Michael Douglas in Beyond The Reach; and watch Adam Sandler search for soul in supernatural shoe drama The Cobbler

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- Presented by Xan Brooks, with Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes. Produced by Andrea Salvatici

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The Cobbler - video review

30 July 2015 8:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In an excerpt from this week's Guardian film show, Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes search for soul in The Cobbler, a comedy-drama starring Adam Sandler as a craftsman whose magical shoe-stitching machine lets him experience what it's like to be in someone else's shoes. Also starring Clifford "Method Man" Smith and Steve Buscemi, The Cobbler is released in the UK on Friday 31 July Continue reading »

- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes, Richard Sprenger, Dan Susman and Andrea Salvatici

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The Guardian film show: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Hot Pursuit, Beyond The Reach and The Cobbler - video reviews

30 July 2015 7:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Henry Barnes and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week our team of critics accept the spy games, insane stunts and insaner ab-flashing of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation; hitch a ride with Reese Witherspoon's pot-holed road comedy Hot Pursuit; scream through the desert with Michael Douglas in Beyond The Reach; and watch Adam Sandler search for soul in supernatural shoe drama The Cobbler Continue reading »

- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes, Richard Sprenger, Dan Susman and Andrea Salvatici

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Take a trip to Transylvania in new travel promo for Hotel Transylvania 2

30 July 2015 7:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sony Pictures Animation has released a new ‘travel’ promo for the upcoming sequel Hotel Transylvania 2, which sees Mavis taking us on a tour of the spooky hotel. Check it out below…

See Also: Two new posters for Hotel Transylvania 2

Drac’s pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania… Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But little »

- Gary Collinson

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'Pixels' Interviews with Adam Sandler, Kevin James and More | Exclusive

30 July 2015 7:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Adam Sandler saves the world in Pixels, the latest film from celebrated director Chris Columbus. Pixels begins in the early 80s with a bunch of nerdy kids duking it out at a video game competition. The event is recorded by Nasa, then launched into space on a probe. Aliens intercept the probe and believe the video is a declaration of war. Thirty years later, the aliens attack earth using classic video game characters such as Pac-Man, Centipede, and Donkey Kong. With the military ineffective against the pixelated threat, the government calls in the nerds to do what they do best!

Sony Pictures hosted the Pixels's press event at Dave and Buster's in Manhattan's Times Square. Surrounded by the latest in gaming technology, the cast celebrated the simple fun of the classic, old school 2D favorites. Check out our interviews below where Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, »

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Adam Sandler Put Four Family Members in 'Pixels'

30 July 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the August 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Pixels, which opened July 24 to a soft $24 million in North America, features not one, but five Sandlers. Adam Sandler stars in the Sony comedy as a man tasked with fighting off video game alien invaders. As he does in many of his films, Sandler, also a producer, has gotten small roles for his wife, Jackie, and his children, Sadie and Sunny. The final Sandler in the mix is nephew Jared, who plays a

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- Rebecca Ford

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I Am Chris Farley – The Review

30 July 2015 4:06 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Directed by Brent Dodge, Eric Murray, written by Steve Burgess

With Chris Farley (archive footage), Dan Aykroyd, Christina Applegate, Bob Odenkirk, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Kevin P Farley, Tom Farley, Bo Derek, many others.

In the world of comedy certain talents stand out as heavyweights, both literally and figuratively. Large of both frame and talent very often these talented performers can seem more like a force of nature running amok in the mundane world, creating comedic chaos for our amusement.

The first that comes to my mind would have to be Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, his name forever tarnished with a scandalous incident that was proved in court never to have happened, Fatty Arbuckle deserves better. He was genuinely talented, a series of dvd releases proves it. He taught Buster Keaton everything he knew. He was also incredibly funny.

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- Sam Moffitt

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Film Review: ‘I Am Chris Farley’

30 July 2015 12:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Arriving a few short months after Brett Morgen’s “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” and Asif Kapadia’s “Amy,” Derik Murray and Brent Hodge’s “I Am Chris Farley” is the summer’s third documentary study of a gifted entertainer who self-destructed in the prime of life. Of the three, it’s by far the most upbeat, which is both logical (a film about one of the most immediately lovable comic talents of the last two decades shouldn’t be totally dour) and strangely off-putting, as Farley’s story seems to be a sadder and more complicated one than the filmmakers appear fully comfortable exploring. Worth watching for its trove of emotional testimonies from family and friends — including an atypically forthcoming Lorne Michaels and Adam Sandler — the pic is somewhat defanged by its surface-level approach and standard-issue filmmaking style, making for an earnest yet incomplete portrait that should gather »

- Andrew Barker

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Spotlight trailer: Michael Keaton exposes child abuse in the Catholic church

29 July 2015 11:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo also star in this potential Oscar contender from director Tom McCarthy about the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer-winning investigation

Related: And the Oscar may go to … 40 key movies in contention for 2016 awards

Oscar-nominated actor/writer/director Tom McCarthy was on a roll as a film-maker after The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win all won rave reviews. He faltered horribly with the Adam Sandler-starring comedy The Cobbler, but his latest, Spotlight, which he also co-wrote, looks set to haul him back on track.

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- Nigel M Smith

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Podcast: Reviewing 'Southpaw' and 'Paper Towns', Talking Rubes, Adam Sandler & More

29 July 2015 9:16 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I'm not exaggerating or being hyperbolic when I say I believe this is one of the best episodes we've ever done on this podcast as we review Southpaw and Paper Towns, listen to rube stories, get to know Greta a little more, discuss Adam Sandler, classics we don't quite understand why they're classics, your voicemails, television and much, much more. It's non-stop entertainment for just under two-and-a-half hours! Hope you enjoy! Note: This is the last podcast that will be made available through the old Libsyn app. All future podcasts will be released on iTunes, which means Apple's Podcast app will always work, and all episodes will always be available at Soundcloud.com right here or by using the Soundcloud app available for Apple and Android devices. If you are on Twitter, we have a brand new Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @ropepod. Give us a follow won'tchac »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams & Michael Keaton Star In The First Trailer For Catholic Church Scandal Pic ‘Spotlight’

29 July 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After a critically acclaimed start with films like “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor,” actor/director Thomas McCarthy, has hit a few bumps in the road while diversifying his career. The fact is, McCarthy has taken risks. He’s written at Pixar (“Up”) and taken on some challenges (“Win/Win” features some terrific performances, but is a uneven effort), but few would argue that his would-be whimsical fairy tale comedy “The Cobbler” starring Adam Sandler wasn’t a huge misguided folly (and actually, don’t put the blame on Sandler, either). Read More: Interview: Thomas McCarthy Grapples With 'Win Win' But if there are those looking for a McCarthy comeback in a big way, his upcoming picture “Spotlight” looks like the real deal. Co-written by Josh Singer (“The West Wing”) and McCarthy, “Spotlight” stars Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton in a true story about a team »

- Edward Davis

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Alex Reviews Pixels – A Film About Video Games For People Who Hate Video Games

29 July 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Columbia Pictures

Rating: ★★

The multiplexes are full of sequels for obscure superheroes. The high street is dominated by t-shirts adorned with obscure movie references. The most watched TV show in the Us is about a bunch of nerds. Yes, it sure looks like the geeks have inherited the Earth.

Except they haven’t. The McU and its ilk are slowly becoming less heterogeneous with each biannual release. Clothing is worn without a care for what it represents. And The Big Bang Theory has been laughing at, not with, its characters since Season 3. So, rather, the Earth has assimilated geek culture into the mainstream, sanitising it in the process.

Nowhere is this better seen than with Pixels. Ostensibly an adaptation of a beautiful little short by Patrick Jean (check it out here – it doesn’t deserve to have only a fraction of the views of the trailer for film it’s »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Adam Sandler: Netflix Defends Its Damaged Goods

29 July 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the August 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. For years, Adam Sandler was Pac-Man at the box office, gobbling up grosses for critic-proof movies. But Pixels' soft $24 million domestic debut comes on the heels of a series of recent disappointments. Just don't tell Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, who on July 28 defended the streaming service's lucrative four-picture deal with Sandler, declaring him a huge "international star." "[Pixels] did $24 million domestically, $25 million internationally, and a

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- Pamela McClintock

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Exclusive Clip From Hotel Transylvania 2

29 July 2015 3:58 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Adam Sandler’s Dracula and the rest of his classic monster movie pals are coming back to the big screen with Hotel Transylvania 2, and Sony has provided us with an exclusive new clip from the animated adventure which makes a good case for the titular resort being the holiday destination of the Summer. Released: 25th September (U.S.)/ 16th October (Irl/U.K.) »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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The Cobbler review: “Average, though very entertaining…”

29 July 2015 3:08 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Cobbler review: The latest Adam Sandler comedy is run-of-the-mill stuff, but there’s a lot of fun to have in there too. The Cobbler review

The Cobbler is one of those movies which was released in its domestic territory back last year, received relatively poor to mediocre reviews, and thus is getting a fairly low-profile international roll-out, which is a shame really, as there’s a lot of fun to be with Adam Sandler‘s latest comedy.

The film revolves around Sandler’s cobbler Max Simkin, a bored, single Jewish guy working on New York’s lower East Side in the family’s small business. When Max stumbles upon a magical family heirloom – a stitching machine which allows him to transform to look and appear like the owner of any pair of shoes he straps on – his life changes forever.

Written and directed by Tom McCarthy, who has helmed »

- Paul Heath

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