The Goonies (movie)

'Pixels' never comes into focus as a real picture

'Pixels' never comes into focus as a real picture

Some movies are so interminable that it seems they might never end, while others are assembled with such indifference that you are essentially left waiting for them to start. "Pixels" somehow manages both.

Ostensibly a hybrid of an Adam Sandler lovable schlub vehicle with a kids' picture nostalgia piece, "Pixels" imagines that an alien invasion takes place in the form of vintage video game characters attacking major metropolises around the world. The movie tries to explain this in a semi-plausible way via recordings of 1980s video-game competitions sent into space in NASA time capsules — just play along — yet the most suspension-of-disbelief straining idea in the...