Bad Teacher

(R) ★☆☆☆☆

Usually, you can’t judge a movie by its name. Not so with Bad Teacher, a lazy black comedy that finds gross negligence to be the height of hilarity. Cameron Diaz stars as a junior high teacher who cares more about raising money for a boob job than showing up to work sober, while Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel star as fellow faculty members who inexplicably find her misanthropy irresistible.

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Green Lantern

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Green Lantern

By Tribune Media Service

As test pilot Hal Jordan, who gets a magic ring, Ryan Reynolds displays enough charisma to carry a major action franchise. But the film itself is disappointingly routine. It’s a relationship picture, in which the man learns to be a better man en route to saving the planet from the fire-breathing, soul-sucking Parallax. Blake Lively provides a welcome distraction as Hal’s ex. With the help of his ring, Hal can turn anything he can think of into reality. I just wish he’d thought up a better movie.

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