The Hangover Part II

 ★★★☆☆

If you loved The Hangover, you’ll love The Hangover Part II … because it’s an exact replica! The Wolf Pack (Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifianakis, Ed Helms) is back, this time in Thailand, to wreak havoc while under the influence, and while superficial plot details differ (there’s a monkey instead of a tiger, a facial tattoo in lieu of a missing tooth), director Todd Phillips recycles the original blockbuster’s chain of events nearly frame by frame. But like déjà vu, it’s fun while it lasts.

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The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick’s incomprehensible history of evolution from seed to death (and beyond) was booed in Cannes. Now I know why. It is 138 minutes of the kind of pretentious twaddle that makes critics slobber and audiences snore. Sifting through the reams of recyclable blogs and print reviews dispatched from Cannes, where the film went on to win a prize, I’m saddened but also relieved to discover that all those frenzied fans and detractors have no more idea what this metaphysical mumbo-jumbo is about than I do. The more they try to explain it, the sillier they get.

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