Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Two teenage boys are coming to grips with growing up and trying to find out just how they fit into this world in Microbe and Gasoline (opening today). It's a surprisingly touching, coming-of-age comedy from Michel Gondry, who brought us the cerebral hit Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
If flashy, busy montages are your thing, you just may find the new film Genius (opening today) to your fancy.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
If you're a fan of the "World of Warcraft" massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), then you might love Warcraft (opening Friday), the franchise's first foray onto the big-screen. If you are not a fan or have never played, then you might find yourself searching for an inter-dimensional portal that will allow you to transport yourself far from the movie theater.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Anthony Weiner is already a punch-line based on his last name. He was a rare political figure, having served as a US Congressman from 1999 to 2011, in that he took forceful stands against his Republican counter-parts and was not afraid of anybody, or anything. He was an up-and-coming leader of the Democratic Party and was on the fast track to bigger and better things. All of this, and he was popular to boot, never having received less than 59% of the vote in any of his seven bids for re-election to Congress. But the higher the rise the harder the fall. In 2011, a "sex-ting" scandal forced his resignation from office. For comedians, the idea that a married Congressman named Weiner would be caught up in a scandal that involved him sending photos of his...weiner...to several other women online, was heaven-sent comedic gold. But Weiner was not done with politics. In the fascinating documentary, Weiner (opening today), a behind-the-scenes camera crew follows Anthony Weiner through his unsuccessful bid to become the Mayor of New York City, a bid that - you guessed it - ended in even more scandal.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
You might be familiar with the work of the comedy troupe "The Lonely Island" even if you think you may not be: The threesome, made up of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer were all writers at Saturday Night Live - with Samberg also being a featured player of course - and are responsible for the popular "SNL Digital Shorts" series. Some of their hilarious music videos, like "Lazy Sunday," "Dick in a Box," "I'm on a Boat" and "YOLO" have become viral sensations and have led to several popular comedy albums over the past decade. And forget about their first feature-film, the 2007 misfire Hot Rod, which tanked at the box office, because their second-film, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (opening today), definitely feels like a more worthy marking of their arrival on the big- screen. And while it doesn't quite match the satirical bite of other mockumentaries that have come before it, Popstar is an oft hilarious, semi-biographical romp worthy of their viral videos and a good introduction to their comedy for those who have never been exposed to their lunacy.
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