Flick it
By Ethan Alter
(MCT)
“The Hangover”
Director Todd Phillips helped turned Will Ferrell into an A-list big-screen actor with 2003’s Old School. Now he attempts to do the same thing for three other aspiring comedy stars, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. The trio play groomsmen en route to Las Vegas for their best buddy’s bachelor party. After a wild night, they wake up to discover that their friend is missing, there’s a tiger in their suite…and somebody left a baby in a closet. Apparently, things only get weirder and wilder from there, as evidenced by the Mike Tyson cameo that’s been promoted in all the trailers. 1 hr. 40 mins.
“Land of the Lost”
Speaking of Ferrell, the ex-Saturday Night Live player returns with his latest summer blockbuster, a big-budget remake of the cult ’70s children’s series created by Sid and Marty Krofft. The story follow the exploits of a Ferrell-led research team who are transported via an interdimensional worm hole to a planet inhabited by an assortment of strange species. Danny McBride and Anna Friel co-star. 1 hr. 46 mins.
“My Life in Ruins”
Despite writing and starring in one of the most successful independent films of all time, we haven’t seen or heard much from Nia Vardalos in the seven years since My Big Fat Greek Wedding became a box-office sensation. The actress is back with another Greek-themed romantic comedy, in which she plays a tour guide based in Athens who leads a bus full of unruly tourists on a cross-country trip and still finds time to fall in love with her bad boy bus driver.
1 hr. 38 mins.
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Ethan Alter is a New York-based film critic and journalist. He can be reached at [email protected]


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