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Louder Than Bombs The Orchard Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Joachim Trier Written by: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Amy Ryan, Jesse Eisenberg, Devin Druid Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 3/15/16 Opens: April 8, 2016 There’s a reason that people go to family comedies like “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” the romantic comedy with the largest box office ever for the genre. Joel Zwick’s movie, with a sequel that opened March 25, deals with a working class, single Greek-American girl in her thirties who is attracted to an upper-middle class man she spots in her family’s restaurant. Her parents want her to go [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Okay film fans, are you all set for the big sequel storming the multiplex this weekend. No, not that one, the one with the caped combatants. Instead of spandex think….Windex. This is the follow-up that most movie-goers of a…ahem…certain age have been clamoring for since the original shocked and stunned Hollywood fourteen (gasp!) years ago. That’s because this lil’ flick with no big marquee stars, which cost a paltry five million, went on to gross just under a quarter of a billion bucks. So what took em’ so long, you may ask. Well, there was a TV show in 2003 that CBS canned after just seven episodes. Tis’ a distant memory, one that will be erased when the whole gang is back for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. So pass the ouzo! Opa!
- Jim Batts
When the first movie makes $245 million in the U.S. alone, it’s only natural to expect a sequel. But it’s been 14 long years between 2002’s certified smash My Big Fat Greek Wedding and its follow-up. What has changed in the meantime? Apparently not much as My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 from writer-star Nia Vardalos offers more of the same and has reunited virtually the same cast, subbing the original director Joel Zwick for Kirk Jones. As I say in my video review (click the… »
Making a sequel to one of the biggest sleeper hits of all time is a tall order, and scribe-star Nia Vardalos let 14 years pass before revisiting her breakout success with “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” Whether or not audiences feel like it was worth the wait will depend heavily on how much they’re up for a family reunion: Literally the entire major cast returns in this simultaneously overstuffed and undernourished follow-up. Every bit as sitcom-ish and saccharine as its predecessor, but considerably less distinctive, “Wedding” redux will unquestionably fall short of the original’s massive $241 million domestic gross. But the curiosity of a presumably still-loyal fan base should at least allow for a respectable honeymoon period opposite “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” before this Universal release settles into its natural habitat as cable-tv filler.
Critics didn’t exactly flip for Vardalos’ feature length ethnic joke-cum-romantic comedy when it first opened, »
- Geoff Berkshire
4 items from 2016
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