Land of the Lost
It’s hard to think of a compelling reason to remake the popular 1970s sci-fi show for the big screen. Brad Silberling’s amiable update has Will Ferrell as an insecure, has-been paleontologist who finds himself lost in time and space with the usual sidekicks — Anna Friel as his fearless assistant, a funny Danny McBride as a trailer-trash survivalist, and Jorma Taccone as an oversexed Neanderthal. Like so many nominally child-oriented movies these days, Land of the Lost tries to curry favor with several demographics at once and ends up sagging into a pleasantly undistinguished pudding. The big news is that Matt Lauer, playing himself, can act. A little. But he’s a good sport and quite handy with a fire extinguisher.