This low-budget horror-mystery is a "secret" spin-off of the J.J. Abrams-produced giant monster movie Cloverfield. John Goodman plays a survivalist who rescues a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and stashes her away in his underground bunker. But is the world really coming to an end, or is he just a crazy dude? (Given that this is a sequel to Cloverfield, the surprise ending probably isn't much of a surprise.) 105 minutes PG-13.
In this low-budget Mexican action comedy, a former cop (Omar Chaparro from "Sexo y Otras Secretos") seeks revenge on the crime lord who framed him by teaming up with a tubby young computer hacker (Joey Morgan) who stole $10 million from the bad guys. Writer-director Erique Begne (Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer) is responsible. Athough this American-style buddy comedy was shot in Mexico, it's in English. 101 minutes Unrated.
In this preposterous ,'90s-era action movie throwback, a CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) dies in the line of duty, leaving a dangerous computer hacker unapprehended. Naturally, the government recruits a death row murderer (Kevin Costner) and uses an experimental medical procedure to "inject" their agent's memories directly into his brain. Of course the confused guinea pig escapes from jail and wanders around wondering if he should kill people or save the world. Stuff blows up a lot, and you can probably guess which direction our protagonist decides to go. 113 minutes R.
Ryan Reynolds single-handedly tries to rescue his cult superhero for the horribly botched 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He succeeds beyond the wildest dreams of most comic book fans. In this self-mocking parody, he stars as a brain-addled mercenary who gains incredible healing powers but loses his good looks thanks to a little mad science. Boil it down and the film is your basic "get revenge on the bad guy and rescue the girlfriend" plot. But the third-wall-breaking humor, raunchy sex and over-the-top violence make this a shockingly fun "adult" action comedy. FULL REVIEW:Comic books get comic in R-rated superhero parody by Devin D. O’Leary (2/11/2016). 108 minutes R.
The third film in the Divergent trilogy shows up, and--par for the course--it's part one of two. Following the "Earth shattering" revelations of Insurgent (their words, not mine), pouty but special rebel girl Tris (Shailene Woodley) must lead her futuristic millenials in a rebellion against the evil totalitarian government. Fans know what they're in for. 121 minutes PG-13.
Egyptian mythology gets the CGI-heavy, Clash of the Titans-esque treatment in this epically overdesigned action flick by Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City). Scottish actor Gerard Butler plays Set, the ancient Egyptian god of the darkness, which should tell you where this is going. 127 minutes PG-13.
There's a surprising amount of life and laughter left in this lovable series. Jack Black is back as the roly-poly panda with the mad martial arts skills. This time around he's stuck between his adoptive father (James Hong as a gruff but loving goose) and his biological dad (Bryan Cranston, in fuzzy panda mode). Can he figure out who he is in time to defeat an evil yak turning kung fu masters into stone-faced slaves? FULL REVIEW:Family feud grounds martial arts fantasy in unexpected emotional reality by Devin D. O’Leary (1/28/2016). 95 minutes PG.
Having saved the American president (Aaron Eckhart) from evil terrorists attacking the White House in 2013's Olympus Has Fallen, tough-guy Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is prevailed upon to save him once again again from a slightly different bunch of evil terrorists. This time the action takes place in London--so, you know, change of scenery. 99 minutes R.
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are a couple of suburban parents who find out their new neighbors are a bunch of drunken frat boys. Oddly enough no one else in the neighborhood seems to notice the all-night parties and the lawn full of beer cans. That leaves our unhappy couple to feud it out with the frat boys. There are some epically raunchy jokes here, but none of the characters are very sympathetic, and the plot is merely an excuse for a string of mean-spirited pranks. 96 minutes R.
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart continue to do their best to remake 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop, Bad Boys, Rush Hour--basically every buddy cop comedy since 1982. Here cop Cube and annoying future brother-in-law Hart head to Miami to bust an evil drug dealer because ... premise. 101 minutes PG-13.