Liam Neeson reprises his role as someone who’s way angrier than you’d expect in the revenge-musical of the summer. When Ewen Drubble is hired as the local librarian in a sleepy New England town, no one suspects that he is a hit man forced out of retirement to do one last job. When a patron fails to return a late copy of The Happiness Project, mayhem, fines and dance routines ensue. Includes the hit songs “Kindle This!” and “Dewey Decimal Die,” with music by Sir Elton John and lyrics by a block of Havarti.
Barney Miller’s Crossing
The Coen brothers bring the beloved seventies police-station sit-com to the screen with all the characters you love but very few of the laughs. Instead, there’s wry quirkiness and obtuse symbolism aplenty to make you feel just sophisticated enough to convince yourself that you’re not actually kind of bored. When a man with no name (Jeff Bridges) is brought in for practicing moral objectivism without a licence, he convinces Wojciehowicz (John Goodman) that his precinct-mates are plotting to murder him for the insurance money, said insurance policy appearing out of the blue in a pile of 1950s True Detective magazines, said magazines serving as research material for a wry short story Harris (Donald Glover) is writing about a man with no name (!). Detectives Fish (Frank Langella) and Nick Yemena (Steve Buscemi) engage in a battle over fair trade coffee that erupts in extreme but wry violence. Meanwhile, Barney (George Clooney in a wry moustache) sits in his office staring blankly at his aquarium of miniature sharks and making complex structural drawings of the perfect sandwich. Smoked meat. On rye.
A Million and One Farts!
Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler team up like you always feared they would in this gas-tacular new comedy from the creators of Huge! and The Easy Chair! Murphy and Sandler play Joe and Don, two recently divorced dads who decide to trick their emotionally distant and frankly rude children into loving them more than they love their mothers. And they do it by becoming professional wrestlers! They call themselves Gaseous Clay and Flatus Pancakes! They wear tights! And when they bend over, sometimes the tights split! You won’t guess what happens next! Eva Mendes and Rashida Jones also star as racially vague but somewhat shrewish love interests! Exclamation marks!
Snacks in the City
When true love collides with her career as New York’s top celebrity hot dog vendor, sometimes a girl “mustard” make a decision she won’t necessarily “relish.” Especially if the girl has nice “buns.” Katherine Heigl (alas) stars as Kindova Pill, the frisky but driven star of a wildly successful relationship advice webcast called “Sausage Talk” that she hosts from her hot dog cart in Central Park. But when a smart-talking, chisel-jawed felafel vendor (Aaron Eckhart) shows up and starts stealing the spotlight – and her heart – soon it’s not just the carts that are steamy. Will they find love among the links? Will they remember to use a condiment? Also starring Stanley Tucci as the gay, homeless best friend with profound wisdom and terrible toupee.
Family comedy comes out of the closet in this rollicking animated adventure of fashion follies that’s literally all style. When a 10-year-old blazer (voiced by Jeff Tweedy from Wilco) gets shoved deeper down the rack to make way for a saucy new Italian suit (Sasha Baron Cohen), it’s an epic tale of wardrobe-and-peace. Musical numbers include “That’s Where It’s Cravat,” “Hanger High,” “Quit Your Hemmin’ (I Call That Colour ‘Lemon’),” and “Who Gives a Shirt?” Based on the original animated short.
Burnt Rubber 3D
Speed. Lust. Revenge. One last job. Rubber boots. Size 10. An acetylene torch. Gratuitous bikinis. One sex scene tastefully lit with no weird noises. Look out! That was close. Let’s get out of here. More cars and rubber boots. The shipment? Taiwan camel race is the only way. Stay. Go. It’s over. But is it? A gun. A gun? Yes, a gun. We’re through for sure. Explosion! That was another close one. Clever quip. Swordfight on top of an airplane plummeting to the ground. Didn’t see that coming. Diamonds! A squirrel? He’s dead. Or is he? Sequel! Starring Channing Tatum as a cooked ham.