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Underdog Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards beat the odds to make history as an Olympic ski jumper. It’s a sweet story. All the makings for a movie. Unfortunately, movies can’t leave well enough alone. Instead of just sweet, “Eddie the Eagle” (2016) gets infused with high fructose corn syrup, emulsifiers and xanthan gum (whatever that is). Eddie’s unique story gets refabricated to resemble every other formulaic sports movie ever made, with the pep talks, speeches, father-son conflict, the coach with something to prove, the horny fraulein manager at the biergarten, blah, blah, blah. (Wait! What? Before the blah, blah, blah part.)

 

A movie about a robot. Named “Chappie” (2015). Gotta be a kids’ movie, right? Umm, no. Not unless I missed the fairy tale about the dude who gets cut in half and thrown into a brick wall by a robot named Moose. Anyway, this is basically a gory action movie with a kids’ movie title and a subplot that attempts to deal with how we define humanity and consciousness and how we reconcile that with artificial intelligence. In other words, it’s plaid pants and a striped shirt – you gotta be something special to pull that off. And “Chappie” is not.