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Gary Cogill Reviews Batman v Superman, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

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    Anyone for a good old fashioned "Double Feature?" This week Gary Cogill takes a look at Batman v Superman and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. (Published Friday, March 25, 2016)

    Anyone for a good old fashioned “Double Feature?” Two movies with a built-in audience who can’t wait to see what happens to their favorite characters.

    It doesn’t matter what critics think about both films, because people will see them anyway, but I’ll give it a try.

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" runs two and half hours, cost $250 million and after the first 45 minutes turns into a heavy-handed, illogical mess. Can't these two just get along?

    The more I think about "Batman v Superman" the more it doesn't make any sense as Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill play the title characters thrown against each other by a frantic, annoying, Lex Luthor, played by a frantic, annoying Jessie Eisenberg.

    One is human, one is considered a flying God with a bedazzled cape and just when the film tries to elevate the story line into a serious discussion about faith and science, it falls back to the lowest common denominator, two men trying to prove who packs the biggest punch.

    "Batman v Superman" is directed with a CGI blowtorch by Zach Snyder. He directed "300," “Watchmen,” and "Man of Steel."

    His movie takes every moment seriously, but the audience will have trouble taking the film seriously, especially Superman, he seems underwritten and neglected.

    Expect a good 45 minute movie in a two and half hour time frame with one welcome surprise, the reveal of Wonder Woman who instantly steals the men's thunder.

    The audience is built in, but the film just doesn't work.

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

    Another built-in anxious audience can't wait to see, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2," which is exactly what you think it is, a predictable, sweet-natured replay of the 2002 mega-hit.

    The original made more than $368 million worldwide.

    The ads want you to believe this time around Nia Vardalos and John Corbett's daughter is getting married, but not true. It's their parents who never properly documented their vows more than 50 years ago.

    Yes, it plays like a TV sitcom, yes, it’s filled with goofy sight gags, but "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" was never intended to be anything other than lighthearted family entertainment. On that level, it succeeds.

    Toward the end I was actually moved by the film's generous spirit, something few films accomplish.

    You can criticize the lack of story or edginess, but in in this comedy every character looks out for and wants the best for each other.

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