Robert Smigel helps Adam Sandler deliver the best Happy Madison movie in ages with The Week Of

Adam Sandler has so many regular and semi-faceless collaborators that it can be virtually impossible to discern their influences and whether they’re positive or negative. Is Tim Herlihy his best screenwriting partner, or just another occasionally funny yes-man who got lucky? Does Dennis Dugan know more about comic…

Noah Baumbach throws the dysfunctional family reunion of the year

Just about every movie by Noah Baumbach (Kicking And Screaming, Frances Ha) is a study of prickly personalities. But with The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected), which arrives in select theaters and on Netflix tomorrow, the New York writer-director creates a whole family tree of neurotics, then populates it with…

Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller express brotherly love in Noah Baumbach’s moving Meyerowitz Stories

Harold Meyerowitz, the unsung artist and shitty father Dustin Hoffman plays in The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected), is a fresh addition to Noah Baumbach’s ever-expanding gallery of neurotic, narcissistic New Yorkers. One could be forgiven, however, for confusing him for the older, squatter version of a different…

It’s time to admit that Adam Sandler is a good actor

A new Adam Sandler movie arrives on Netflix this week. This is not a notable event; even the comedian’s aged base of die-hard fans may have grown accustomed to Sandler vehicles showing up in their living rooms with the same semi-clockwork regularity that they used to land in mall multiplexes—and leaning more heavily…

14 of the highest-paid actors make more than the highest-paid actress

This year, Forbes’ list of the highest-paid actresses indicated that totals were down across the board, with top-earner Emma Stone making $26 million in 2017 as compared to Jennifer Lawrence’s $46 million in 2016, but—unsurprisingly—things are still looking really good for the men of Hollywood. According to the man…

See Adam Sandler in an actual good movie in the first trailer for The Meyerowitz Stories

Every few years, some stray artistic impulse prods Adam Sandler to bring out the sad clown lurking underneath his normal angry clown, loud clown, and vacation clown performances, producing critically acclaimed films like Funny People or Punch-Drunk Love. Going off of the reception it got at Cannes, Noah Baumbach’s The…

Cannes closes with its best movie, and we close our coverage with our favorites

Sunday is the final day of Cannes, but for yours truly, the festival ends in a couple hours, with a flight from Nice to New York. It’s been a great time: a blur of movies, hastily consumed lunches, leisurely consumed late-night dinners, long and scenic walks into town (and back), feverish debates while standing in…

Netflix picks up new Noah Baumbach’s new film, Meyerowitz Stories

Ensuring that it doesn’t get left behind in the ”stories about affluent white folks struggling with daddy issues” arms race, Netflix has announced that it’s picking up Noah Baumbach’s latest film for its online streaming library. Baumbach recently finished work on Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), which sees Ben…

Like the rest of us, Adam Sandler’s kids can’t get through his movies either

There are good Adam Sandler movies (The Wedding Singer, Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, Funny People) and bad Adam Sandler movies (almost everything else). While his cinematic track record may be hit or miss, apparently Adam Sandler is having a hard time swaying the members of his own household to the positive side…

Adam Sandler waxes nostalgic about blasting kids with dodgeballs in new Conan clip

Despite being hated by critics at the time of its release (22 years ago last month), Billy Madison has achieved a certain nostalgic glow over time, both as one of the purest expressions of Adam Sandler’s rampaging id and long-spent cinematic energy, and as a thing that today’s younger adults watched a shit-ton of back…