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Blu-ray Review: Howlingly Derivative ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days’

Chicago – Most former kids can agree that junior high is pure hell. It’s the dividing line between the carefree bliss of elementary school and the budding maturity of high school. Suddenly kids are faced with a decision: either assert their dominance over the weakest of their peers or risk joining them. Become a bully or be bullied. Neither option is enticing.

Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series connected with young readers who related to its awkward protagonist, Greg Heffley, whose misadventures were conveyed through a cheerful amalgamation of journal entries, illustrations and comics. The film adaptations, however, have been more interested in capturing Kinney’s broadly comic sensibility rather than his nuggets of truth. Instead of illuminating the humanity within Kinney’s caricatures, the films exploit their quirks in nauseatingly cynical fashion.

Blu-ray Rating: 1.5/5.0

What laughs are there to be gleaned from a fat kid
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DVD Playhouse: September 2012

By Allen Gardner

Quadrophenia (Criterion) Franc Roddam’s 1979 film based on The Who’s classic rock opera tells the story of working class lad Jimmy (Phil Daniels) struggling to find his identity in a rapidly changing Britain, circa 1965. Jimmy is a “mod,” a youth movement dedicated to wearing snappy suits, driving Vespa motor scooters bedecked with side mirrors, popping amphetamines and obsessed with the new sound of bands like The Who and The Kinks. Their other pastime is engaging in bloody brawls with “rockers,” throwbacks to the 1950s, who listen to Elvis and Gene Vincent, wear leather biker gear, grease in their hair and drive massive motorcycles a la Marlon Brando in “The Wild One.” Often cited as a worthy successor to “Rebel Without a Cause” as the greatest angry youth picture ever made, it is that and more, including a first cousin to the “kitchen sink” dramas of scribes John Osborne,
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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – The Review

This third film adapted from Jeff Kinney’s illustrated sagas charting the adolescent woes of oh-so-wimpy middle schooler Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is easily the weakest of this series so far. The first two films were episodic and lightweight, but within their loose narrative structure was an exploration of the frustrating, frequently stressful middle school experience that rang mostly true. The earlier films had bouncy energy and some surreal touches but Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Dog Days is cheap and poorly written. In this installment, school is out for the summer and Greg has a crush on his cute classmate Holly (Peyton List) so he pretends to hold a job at her country club in order to win her over (and to avoid having to spend time with his dad). The usual dreary slapstick embarrassments ensue.

Since little takes place in school in this installment, Greg’s clueless dad,
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Movie Review

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Movie Review
Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Directed By: David Bowers Starring: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Grayson Russell, Karan Brar There’s a reason I’ve continued to cover the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” film franchise since the first installment hit back in 2010; they’re particularly well made family films and, sure enough, the third film, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” falls right in line. Summer has arrived! Trouble is, Greg (Zachary Gordon) and his father, Frank (Steve Zahn), have two very different ideas of what summer vacation should entail. While Greg looks forward to spending endless hours playing video [ Read More ]
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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Sweetie poster. He's no one's best friend

Hey, even a dog needs a poster, right? Apparently so. That's one cool looking pooch though. Love the specs. The Fox release which is around the corner, debuting on August 3rd, is helmed by David Bowers, and stars Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Laine MacNeil, Anne Openshaw, Karan Brar, Grayson Russell, Melissa Roxburgh and Jared Abrahamson School is out and Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is ready for the days of summer, when his plans fall apart. Now exactly what is he going to do all summer? Gabe Sachs, Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky wrote the script based on the book by Jeff Kinney.
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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Sweetie poster. He's no one's best friend

Hey, even a dog needs a poster, right? Apparently so. That's one cool looking pooch though. Love the specs. The Fox release which is around the corner, debuting on August 3rd, is helmed by David Bowers, and stars Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Laine MacNeil, Anne Openshaw, Karan Brar, Grayson Russell, Melissa Roxburgh and Jared Abrahamson School is out and Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is ready for the days of summer, when his plans fall apart. Now exactly what is he going to do all summer? Gabe Sachs, Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky wrote the script based on the book by Jeff Kinney.
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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days First Poster and New Images

Check out the first Poster and new images for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, starring Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Laine MacNeil, Anne Openshaw, Karan Brar, Grayson Russell, Melissa Roxburgh and Jared Abrahamson. School is out and Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is ready for the days of summer, when his plans fall apart. Now exactly what is he going to do all summer? Gabe Sachs, Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky write, based on the book by Jeff Kinney. Catch the Fox family comedy in theaters on August 3rd. The film is produced by Nina Jacobson and Bradford Simpson. See all the images below the poster...
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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days First Poster and New Images

Check out the first Poster and new images for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, starring Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Laine MacNeil, Anne Openshaw, Karan Brar, Grayson Russell, Melissa Roxburgh and Jared Abrahamson. School is out and Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is ready for the days of summer, when his plans fall apart. Now exactly what is he going to do all summer? Gabe Sachs, Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky write, based on the book by Jeff Kinney. Catch the Fox family comedy in theaters on August 3rd. The film is produced by Nina Jacobson and Bradford Simpson. See all the images below the poster...

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days First Poster and New Images

Check out the first Poster and new images for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, starring Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Laine MacNeil, Anne Openshaw, Karan Brar, Grayson Russell, Melissa Roxburgh and Jared Abrahamson. School is out and Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is ready for the days of summer, when his plans fall apart. Now exactly what is he going to do all summer? Gabe Sachs, Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky write, based on the book by Jeff Kinney. Catch the Fox family comedy in theaters on August 3rd. The film is produced by Nina Jacobson and Bradford Simpson. See all the images below the poster...
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Blu Monday: Muppets, Bowling Balls, and Lots of Guns!

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Agent 8 3/4 (1964)

Directed by: Ralph Thomas

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Sylva Koscina, Robert Morley

Synopsis: Unemployed Czech-speaking writer Nicholas Whistler thinks he’s got a job visiting Prague for a bit of industrial espionage. In fact he is now in the employ of British Intelligence. His pretty chauffeuse on arrival behind the Iron Curtain, Comrade Simonova, is herself a Czech agent. Just as well she’s immediately attracted to 007′s unwitting replacement. [highdefdigest.com]

Special Features: Unknown.

Armed And Dangerous (1986)

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

Starring: John Candy, Eugene Levy, Meg Ryan, Robert Loggia

Synopsis: Dooley, a cop wrongly sacked for corruption, teams up with a useless defense lawyer in their new careers… as security guards. When the two are made fall guys for a robbery at a location they are guarding, the pair begin to investigate corruption within the company and their union.
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Transformers Prime, R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour on The Hub Sat. July 16 (Video)

Tune in alert for .Transformers Prime. and encore presentations of .Dan Vs.. and .R.L. Stine.s The Haunting Hour. this weekend on The Hub television network. Find out what happens when the Autobots, Jack and Miko find themselves trapped in a cave in .Transformers Prime. Rock Bottom. Unable to sleep because of the constant barking, Dan vows revenge against his neighborhood animal shelter in Saturday.s .Dan Vs.. The Animal Shelter. In this week.s .R.L. Stine.s The Haunting Hour. Alien Candy, something doesn't taste right when Walt (Grayson Russell of "Diary of a Whimpy Kid 1 & 2") meets two kids who claim to have the secret to talking directly with Aliens... candy! The fun begins Saturday, July 16, 20117:00 Pm
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Box Office: March 25-27, 2011: Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

The kiddie movie brought in the bucks. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules premiered in the Number One spot at the box office this weekend with $24.4 Million. Sucker Punch premiered in Second Place with $19 Million. Director Zack Snyder has to be disappointed with that opening. That box office take doesn’t count its international revenue so the film may not bomb. Limitless was Third with $15.2 Million. The Lincoln Lawyer was Fourth with $11 Million. Rango was Fifth with $9.8 Million for $106.3 Million so far. Battle: Los Angeles, Paul, Red Riding Hood, The Adjustment Bureau, and Mars Needs Moms rounded out the top ten respectively.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is a 2011 American comedy film based on the book of the same name. Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, Connor Fielding, Owen Fielding, Karan Brar, Laine MacNeil, and Grayson Russell all are reprising their roles from the first film.
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'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules' Knocks Out 'Sucker Punch' At Box Office

While the kids-friendly sequel ruled the weekend, "Just Go With It" became the 12th Adam Sandler movie to gross more than $100 million.

By Ryan J. Downey

Grayson Russell in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules"

Photo: Fox

In the weekend battle of the flashy, hyper-stylized action flick versus the kid-movie-franchise sequel, it turned out that Rodrick did, in fact, rule. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" bested "Sucker Punch" at the box office to become the #1 movie in the United States with a $22.4 million debut.

Based on the second installment of the kid-friendly book series, "Wimpy Kid" bested the debut of its predecessor, which took in $21.8 million when it was released around this same time last year. All figures are according to studio estimates.

The $19 million opening of "Sucker Punch," meanwhile, was less than the debuts of director Zack Snyder's previous movies "300," "Watchmen" or "Dawn of the Dead.
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Weekend Box Office - Diary Of A Wimpy Kid sequel Ko's Sucker Punch

Wimpy Kids topple sexy Sucker Punch girls Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules topped Sucker Punch at the box office this weekend, posting an estimated $24.4 million vs. $19 million. Wimpy Kid 2 directed by David Bowers (Astro Boy) averaged $7,704 from 3,167 theatres with a cast including Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris, Zachary Gordon, Peyton List, Devon Bostick, Ben Hollingsworth, Owen Best, Robert Capron, Michelle Harrison and Grayson Russell. Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs penned the script based on the Jeff Kinney novel. Daily Box Office Breakdown for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules: - Friday: $7.3 million - Saturday: $10.1 million - Sunday $6.9 million Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch debuted in second with $19 million grossed from 3,033 theatres, averaging $6,269 per venue. Fantasy actioner from Warner Bros. Pictures penned by Snyder and Steve Shibuya, performed very well on IMAX, pulling in $4.1 million (21%) of its weekend gross in 229 of the big screen theatres. This marks
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Weekend Box Office - Diary Of A Wimpy Kid sequel Ko's Sucker Punch

Wimpy Kids topple sexy Sucker Punch girls Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules topped Sucker Punch at the box office this weekend, posting an estimated $24.4 million vs. $19 million. Wimpy Kid 2 directed by David Bowers (Astro Boy) averaged $7,704 from 3,167 theatres with a cast including Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris, Zachary Gordon, Peyton List, Devon Bostick, Ben Hollingsworth, Owen Best, Robert Capron, Michelle Harrison and Grayson Russell. Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs penned the script based on the Jeff Kinney novel. Daily Box Office Breakdown for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules: - Friday: $7.3 million - Saturday: $10.1 million - Sunday $6.9 million Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch debuted in second with $19 million grossed from 3,033 theatres, averaging $6,269 per venue. Fantasy actioner from Warner Bros. Pictures penned by Snyder and Steve Shibuya, performed very well on IMAX, pulling in $4.1 million (21%) of its weekend gross in 229 of the big screen theatres. This marks
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Weekend Box Office Ahead - Sucker Punch vs. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch in a box office battle vs. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules It's action against family in a battle to see who will top the charts this weekend at the box office. Warner Bros. Pictures' Sucker Punch debuts into 3,033 venues under the helm of Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) who writes alongside Steve Shibuya. The cast of the eagerly anticipated film includes Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino, Oscar Isaac and Jon Hamm. Opening into 3,167 theatres, looking to win over families, 20th Century Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is helmed by David Bowers (Astro Boy) from the writing by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, based on the book by Jeff Kinney. Starring in the comedy are Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Steve Zahn, Ben Hollingsworth, Owen Best, Robert Capron, Michelle Harrison and Grayson Russell.
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Weekend Box Office Ahead - Sucker Punch vs. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch in a box office battle vs. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules It's action against family in a battle to see who will top the charts this weekend at the box office. Warner Bros. Pictures' Sucker Punch debuts into 3,033 venues under the helm of Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) who writes alongside Steve Shibuya. The cast of the eagerly anticipated film includes Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino, Oscar Isaac and Jon Hamm. Opening into 3,167 theatres, looking to win over families, 20th Century Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is helmed by David Bowers (Astro Boy) from the writing by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, based on the book by Jeff Kinney. Starring in the comedy are Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Steve Zahn, Ben Hollingsworth, Owen Best, Robert Capron, Michelle Harrison and Grayson Russell.
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Upcoming Movies This Week - Sucker Punch, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules compete

Upcoming Movies This Week include Zach Snyder's Sucker Punch and Diary a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules for families. Fantasy action thriller pitted against family safe comedy, with Snyder's film looking to turn in a hefty pocket. Sucker Punch, a dark and all at once colorful fantasy actioner written by Snyder alongside Steve Shibuya, from the story by Snyder, stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jenna Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino oscar Isaac, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn,Richard Cetrone and Gerard Plunkett. Warner Bros. Pictures releases Sucker Punch into over 3,000 theatres. Sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules opens in around 3,100 venues, with a cast including Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris, Zachary Gordon, Peyton List, Devon Bostick, Ben Hollingsworth, Owen Best, Robert Capron, Michelle Harrison and Grayson Russell. David Bowers, known for Flushed Away and Astro Boy, directs from the writing by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, based on the book by Jeff Kinney.
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Upcoming Movies This Week - Sucker Punch, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules compete

Upcoming Movies This Week include Zach Snyder's Sucker Punch and Diary a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules for families. Fantasy action thriller pitted against family safe comedy, with Snyder's film looking to turn in a hefty pocket. Sucker Punch, a dark and all at once colorful fantasy actioner written by Snyder alongside Steve Shibuya, from the story by Snyder, stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jenna Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino oscar Isaac, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn,Richard Cetrone and Gerard Plunkett. Warner Bros. Pictures releases Sucker Punch into over 3,000 theatres. Sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules opens in around 3,100 venues, with a cast including Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris, Zachary Gordon, Peyton List, Devon Bostick, Ben Hollingsworth, Owen Best, Robert Capron, Michelle Harrison and Grayson Russell. David Bowers, known for Flushed Away and Astro Boy, directs from the writing by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, based on the book by Jeff Kinney.
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