The gang (Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson, Eve, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jazsmin Lewis) is all back in this fourth film in the Barbershop series (if you count 2005's Beauty Shop). This time around the shop is co-ed, and everybody's fighting against neighborhood violence. But it's pretty much just people standing around a barber shop bagging on one another. 112 minutes PG-13.
Batman and Superman duke it out in a grimdark setting that involves lots of glowering, real estate-flattening explosions and concrete-colored costumes. The action is frenetic, the production design is faithful to its comic book roots and there's plenty of fan service--but the film just doesn't differentiate its heroes enough for the long-awaited confrontation to feel particularly justified. Batman and Superman are now both dark, brooding, murderous vigilantes feared by polite society. This crowded, lengthy film wastes a lot of energy setting up future Justice League films, but doesn't spend enough time being fun or escapist or particularly entertaining. FULL REVIEW:Superheroes battle to see who can cause the biggest explosion in unnecessarily dour franchise filler by Devin D. O’Leary (3/24/2016). 153 minutes PG-13.
Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly," Bridesmaids) stars as a famed business mogul/financial guru who is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. When she gets out of prison, she's forced to work off her community service by helping a Girl Scouts-esque organization with their annual baked goods-based fundraiser. Naturally, she seizes on the opportunity to rebuild her financial empire and get revenge on everyone who screwed her over--one brownie at a time. 99 minutes R.
A family (including Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell and David Mazouz) returns from a Grand Canyon vacation, haunted by an ancient supernatural entity they unknowingly awakened. ... Wait. Wasn't that the plot to an episode of "The Brady Bunch"? 92 minutes PG-13.
This sequel to 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman dumps lead princess Kristen Stewart and replaces her with most of the plot from Disney's Frozen (or Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," if you're a traditionalist). Seems that jealousy-prone queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and her icy exiled sister Freya (Emily Blunt) are at war. Naturally, Chris Hemsworth's hunky huntsman is caught in the middle. As in the previous outing, the costumes and sets are visually stunning, but the convoluted fairy tale mash-up of a storyline is better suited for ABC's corny "Once Upon a Time." 114 minutes PG-13.
Sketch comedy kings Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele star in this manic action comedy about a brokenhearted guy (Peele) who adopts the world's cutest kitten in the wake of an ugly breakup. But when the titular feline is kidnapped by a group of violent gang-bangers, our protagonist teams up with his nerdy best bud (Key) to pose as drug dealers in order to rescue the beloved pet. 98 minutes R.
The talking animals of Madagascar have never been known for their navigational skills. In the first film, they tried to get to Africa and wound up in Madagascar. In the second film, they tried to get to New York and ended up in Africa. Now, they're stuck tooling around Europe with a circus. Ah well, it's all just an excuse for Chris Rock to crack wise while Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith act like the straight men (animals?). The penguins and the lemurs still get all the best laughs. 85 minutes PG.
Having had success with 2002's super sleeper hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding and 2003's TV spin-off "My Big Fat Greek Life" and ... honestly, not much else, Nia Vardalos goes back to the well for some romantic comedy cash. This time around it's her meddling parents (who, it turns out, were never properly married) getting hitched. Ethnic stereotype-based hijinks ensue. 94 minutes PG-13.
Hollywood takes another uninspired stab at revamping J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan story. This one plays out as a "prequel," explaining how a 12-year-old orphan named Peter (Levi Miller) wound up in Neverland battling evil pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) alongside an adventurous young Hook (Garrett Hedlund). Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) directs heavily tampered-with fantasy. 111 minutes PG.
A plucky country rabbit (Ginnifer Goodwin) dreams of becoming a tough-as-nails cop in the teeming city of Zootopia. Unfortunately, the place is run by predators, who relegate the barrier-busting bunny to meter maid duty. But when a series of mysterious disappearances rocks the city, she teams with a self-serving con man of a fox (Jason Bateman) to crack the case. This funny animal take on sun-dappled L.A. noir manages to tackle some hot-button issues (racism, sexism) while still being a colorful, entertaining Disney romp. FULL REVIEW:Disney turns an animal utopia on its ear in this savvy, sociological crime caper by Devin D. O’Leary (3/3/2016). 108 minutes PG.