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Pixels

As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults — and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.(C) Sony

Scott’s Take

Words can not express my displeasure with any film related to Adam Sandler. I can’t remember the last time he made a movie that was even remotely funny. The good news is that Pixels was a box office dud, so maybe studios will think twice before just throwing his rubbish out for fan consumption.

Steve’s Take

I can’t take this anymore. The man has made enough money. Can we start a petition for Adam Sandler to stop making movies?

The Gift

Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones? (C) Styx

Scott’s Take

Check out Scott’s review here!

Steve’s Take

The Gift is a great movie and a definite should-see. The screening was particularly entertaining. Check this one out as soon as you can. Have I ever mentioned how much I love Jason Bateman?

Southpaw

From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriters Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy) and Richard Wenk (THE MECHANIC), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award (R) nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award (R) winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves. (C) Weinstein

Scott’s Take

While Southpaw doesn’t reinvent the boxing story-line wheel, it is an absolute nerve wracking punch to the gut. This movie had my wife in tears and was one of the most fun times I had in a theater this year. Southpaw is not to be missed.

Steve’s Take

Check out Steve’s review here!

Max

A military dog from Afghanistan is adopted by his late handler’s grieving family in the U.S., where his close bond with the soldier’s brother leads to a life-altering revelation in this family-friendly adventure from MGM and director Boaz Yakin (who penned the screenplay alongside writer Sheldon Lettich). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Scott’s Take

I think Max definitely had some potential, but the story line is so far fetched that it’s really hard to take any of it seriously. I enjoyed it primarily because I am a German Shepherd owner and their heroism is second to none when it comes to dog breeds.

Steve’s Take

I missed the screening for Max, but I know for a fact that my wife is going to want to watch this one a few times. I will let you know what I thought!

Next Week

My picks of the week are definitely The Gift and the emotionally draining Southpaw. Next week we have the Disney smash hit Inside Out and Vacation. Have a great week everyone.