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It's been six months since Tom McCarthy's latest, "The Cobbler," was excoriated by critics in Toronto, but the sting has yet to wear off. What Grantland's Wesley Morris called a "crime against cinema" currently has a pitiful 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (it's at C- on Criticwire and at 54 Metacritic), and while the film's star, Adam Sandler, has ample experience with reviewers' sharpened pencils, McCarthy's failure here comes as quite a shock. Update: Image Entertainment opened "The Cobbler" simultaneously in 20 theaters and on Video on Demand, scoring just $24,000 with a tiny per screen average of just $1,200. Read: Arthouse Audit: 'It Follows' is Horror Hit, and Tests Radius's VOD Plans As a writer-director, the former actor's three previous films ("The Station Agent," "The Visitor," and "Win Win") comprise a loose trilogy that impressed critics with their nuanced observations of everyday life. »
- Matt Brennan
Chicago – The newest Adam Sandler film that doesn’t feature him dressed like a chubby middle schooler is really bad, but in a special way. Similarly, it is an instant classic in the legacy of bizarre disasters, a footnote in writer/director history that must be witnessed to be fully understood.
Part of its perplexity is how the film is always in grasp as it shows itself, and how you can reach out and try to bring it back home, but then it explodes. This is one of those films where its flaws are more believable as a conspiracy than a misjudgment. Someone, please, let the police know that writer/director Tom McCarthy is missing, and someone has his shoes.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Some directors should just stick to realism. Director Thomas McCarthy‘s best films, “The Station Agent” and “Win Win,” might tread toward the whimsical, but they mostly traffic in recognizable characters in relatable situations. But then there’s “The Visitor,” in which a constipated old white guy learns to love life with the help of some accommodating people of color, and you can feel the sweetness overpowering the filmmaker’s better instincts. Cloying as “The Visitor” was, it barely scratches the surface of wrongheadedness, cutesiness and borderline racism on display in “The Cobbler,” a would-be comedy that clumsily combines magic shoes, »
- Alonso Duralde
I so, so wanted The Cobbler to be good. Adam Sandler has been on a disappointing streak of late — to put it mildly — and director Tom McCarthy seemed like someone who could help turn things around. The filmmaker specializes in mild-mannered, often charming indie comedy-dramas (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win-Win); his work doesn’t set the world on fire, but it’s clear he brings great care and sensitivity to it. Maybe, I thought, he could help Sandler connect to something other than shtick, or keep him from sleepwalking through another paycheck. Well, I was wrong. Or, actually, half-right, but still mostly wrong. Throughout The Cobbler, Sandler himself seems more invested than he’s been for a long time. But the rest of this ghastly movie lets him down.The idea, in its broad strokes, is promising: Sandler plays Max Simkin, a Lower East Side cobbler who discovers the »
- Bilge Ebiri
There are good movies, bad movies, and many, many others in that gray area in-between. One might call The Cobbler a noble failure, but I’m not sorry I saw it. I so admire Tom McCarthy’s work as a writer-director (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win) that I can’t begrudge him a misfire…and his new movie is anything but dull. Adam Sandler—yes, that Adam Sandler---stars as the world-weary owner of a shoe-repair shop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He inherited the place, and the profession, from his father and his father before him, but he has no passion for his work. The barber next door (Steve Buscemi) tries to cheer and encourage him, without success, and a local...
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- Leonard Maltin
Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler hits theaters this weekend, though you wouldn't likely know it considering I haven't even received an email about it and that's no big surprise after the savaging it received at the Toronto Film Festival last year. However, something good has come out of its release, which is a sit down with Adam Sandler's co-star in the film, Method Man. Speaking with Rotten Tomatoes (via FilmDrunk), Method Man revealed his top five (six) favorite films and it's not necessarily the list that's so great (though trust me, you aren't likely to guess them), but more his explanations. First, the list: Frailty (dir. Bill Paxton) The Station Agent (dir. Thomas McCarthy) Napoleon Dynamite (dir. Jared Hess) Snow On Tha Bluff (dir. Damon Russell) The Raid / Dredd (dir. Gareth Evans / Pete Travis) Now the best explanation for why he liked any of these movies comes with his explanation for Napoleon Dynamite, »
- Brad Brevet
Shoe Be Doo: McCarthy’s Magical Realism Has No Sole
Actor Thomas McCarthy has developed a solid reputation as an indie film director thanks to his first two films The Station Agent (2003) and The Visitor (2007). While his third outing, 2011’s Win Win, showcased a tendency for schmaltzy cliché, it’s a far cry from his most recent offering, The Cobbler. Headlining Adam Sandler, many expected this to be one of Sandler’s infrequent attempts at dramatic prowess, somewhere along the lines of his surprise turns in Punch Drunk Love, or even Spanglish…or even Men, Women & Children. Instead, McCarthy doggedly pursues a broad comedic tone, something that recalls old Jerry Lewis vehicles, except with a lethargic, bored star. Resolving a series of lazy dramatic conflicts, everyone involved coasts through this torporific exercise with grim determination.
A magical sewing machine that was inherited by one of his ancestors in the Lower »
- Nicholas Bell
Well, we'll say this for "The Cobbler, "it's probably the first anti-gentrification, magical shoe, Jewish fable in the history of cinema. But that's about where the praise ends for this baffling misfire from Oscar-nominated writer/director Tom McCarthy. The filmmaker has previously taken seemingly slight loglines — a lonely train enthusiast dwarf forms unlikely friendships ("The Station Agent"), a man gets involved in the life of an illegal immigrant ("The Visitor"), a lawyer and a client's grandson connect over wrestling ("Win Win") — to turn out funny, yet deeply human comedies that are observant and insightful about the struggles of quirky, but ordinary and relatable characters. But "The Cobbler" sets a wacky tone early, and never deviates from it, taking the aphorism, "you can't know a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes" to gratingly literal and weirdly fantastical lengths. Adam Sandler — playing weary, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This is a repost of our review from the 2014 Toronto Film Festival [Tiff 2014].
Like an orbiting celestial body, a rare Adam Sandler role appears every half-decade or so that threatens to break the actor out of his lucrative fiefdom of low-brow comedy. Punch-Drunk Love looked like a potential turning point in 2002, but a Spanglish or two aside, he avoided further dramatic work until 2010’s Funny People, which earned Sandler wide praise for how capably he lampooned his own career. He then followed that up with Jack & Jill, That’s My Boy, and a pair of Grown Ups. Clearly, if Sandler were interested in a McConaughey-esque career turnaround, he would have gone for it by now.
The underwhelming returns on his latest vacation disguised as a comedy, Blended, along with a pair of upcoming dramatic roles once more see the established Sandler narrative being challenged. The Cobbler is the first of two »
- Sam Woolf
It’s a role that Barkin, whose whiskey voice still betrays a hint of her Big Apple upbringing, has spent a life preparing for by observing the changes to the city she still calls home.
“It’s a big f—ing deal what’s happening across the country and in big cities like L.A. and New York,” she said. “They’re not even cities for millionaires any more. They’re cities for billionaires. When real estate is $4,000 a square foot it changes everything about a city.”
“The Cobbler” opens this Friday and centers on a Lower East Side shoe repairman (Adam Sandler) who discovers he can assume the identities of his clients when he slips on their footwear. Barkin plays an unscrupulous real estate developer who »
- Brent Lang
It’s a fascinating and heartwarming story of what is known to scientists as the world’s loneliest whale and two determined filmmakers, Adrian Grenier (Entourage) and Joshua Zeman (The Station Agent), are trying to help the mammal which has captivated world attention. Through a documentary entitled 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale, the filmmakers have taken to Kickstarer after the prior financial commitment from legally mired Worldview Entertainment went belly up… »
Last week we saw a new trailer for director Thomas McCarthy’s (The Station Agent) latest film The Cobbler [watch it here], and now we have the first poster featuring Adam Sandler as the titular shoe repair man…
Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.
The Cobbler is set for release on March 13th in the States and May 22nd in the UK, with a cast that also includes Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Dustin Hoffman (Kung Fu Panda 2), Ellen Barkin (The New Normal), Method Man (Red Tails »
- Gary Collinson
The upcoming comedy centres on the dreary life of Max Simkin (Sandler), who discovers a magic shoe repair device that changes his world.
Now able to transform himself into other people simply by wearing their shoes, Max Simkin has the opportunity to romance the woman of his dreams.
The Cobbler opens on March 13 in the Us. »
Image Entertainment has dropped a new trailer for Adam Sandler’s next movie, The Cobbler. Directed by Tom McCarthy (The Visitor, The Station Agent), the film revolves around a lonely shoesmith named Max Simkin, who one day finds himself endowed with a mysterious gift.
Keeping in line with his profession, the film quaintly expands on the mantra ‘walking in someone else’s shoes.’ As a shoe repair man whose business has been in the family for generations, when Simkin stumbles across a magical item, he finds himself able to slip on another person’s shoes and actually become them. What’s not explained through this fantasy plotting, is what actually happens to the real person who owns the shoes. Sandler isn’t really becoming them is he? He’s just himself – in their bodies, right?
Regardless of the details, the second trailer delves into a few elements missed in the original preview. »
- Gem Seddon
Never judge a movie by it's premise. While The Cobbler may sound like a goofy lowbrow comedy in-line with some of Adam Sandler's lesser-liked efforts, it actually provides a more dramatic turn for the actor, and is coming from acclaimed director Thomas McCarthy, the man responsible for such critical favorites as The Visitor and The Station Agent. Image Entertainment has released a new trailer for The Cobbler. Maybe it will change your mind about what the film actually is, or isn't.
The story follows Max Simkin (Adam Sandler), who repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are. »
Screen Daily has debuted the first image from Spotlight, director Tom McCarthy’s (The Station Agent) upcoming drama, which centres on a Boston Globe investigation into sexual abuse within the Catholic archdiocese of Boston…
Featuring from left to right in the image above are Michael Keaton as Walter “Robby” Robinson, Spotlight Team editor; Liev Schreiber as Marty Baron, Boston Globe editor; Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes, Boston Globe reporter; Rachel McAdams as Sacha Pfeiffer, Boston Globe reporter; John Slattery as Ben Bradlee, Jr., Boston Globe deputy managing editor; Brian d’Arcy James as Matt Carroll, Boston Globe reporter.
Spotlight is expected to arrive later this year.
- Gary Collinson
Last year, we heard about the new drama Spotlight, the latest film from Win Win and The Station Agent director Tom McCarthy. The film focuses on the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts, and a stellar cast was announced last year including Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and more. Now they all appear, along with Brian d'Arcy, in the first photo from the film which takes its title from the Spotlight Team of reporters who discovered this story. Here's the first photo from Tom McCarthy's Spotlight from ScreenDaily: Spotlight is directed by Tom McCarthy (The Cobbler, Win Win, The Station Agent) who co-wrote the script with "The West Wing" writer Josh Singer. Michael Keaton, Liev Schreinber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy, Stanley Tucci and more star in »
- Ethan Anderton
While the first trailer for the Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) directed The Cobbler showed quite a bit of heart, the latest international trailer shows off much more of the humour, with Adam Sandler thankfully toning it way down (though I do get the sinking feeling the usual Sandler schtick is just waiting on the sidelines to break out). This trailer certainly shows the movie goes to different places than the original premise promised (but the zombie running joke is pretty clever), but The Cobbler still should be pretty sweet and heart warming. Released: 13th March (U.S.)/ 22nd May (Irl/U.K.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Three months after the domestic trailer debut for The Cobbler, an international trailer has arrived with new footage from this upcoming comedic drama. Adam Sandler stars as Max Simkin, who repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.
As you can see in the new footage, this enchanted heirloom not only allows Max to literally become his customers, it creates an awkward doppleganger situation when he runs into the man whose shoes he's wearing, Ludlow (Method Man). He is also given the power to bring the dead back to life, turning him into a makeshift zombie, »
"You are a guardian of souls. You are the cobbler." No, The Cobbler isn't the latest hero to join The Avengers, but once you see the kind of powers Adam Sandler obtains as a shoe repair man, it'd be hard to argue against his usefulness in a way. The film from Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Station Agent) follows Sandler as the titular character who finds himself with the power to literally walk in other people's shoes; when he puts on their shoes, he becomes them. It starts off as innocent fun, but then causes trouble after taking money from one of his customers. It all feels very silly and not really what we hoped for. Watch? Here's the new UK trailer for Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler from Yahoo UK: You can still watch the previous international trailer for The Cobbler right here. The Cobbler is directed by Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, »
- Ethan Anderton
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