Screened Out – Popstar

By : Stephen Miller
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Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Shaffer, Chris Redd, Tim Meadows, Sarah Silverman, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack, Imogen Poots, Bill Hader, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Will Arnett, Mike Birbiglia, Usher, Pink, Seal, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dog, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Justin Bieber, Danger Mouse, Carrie Underwood, Nas, 50 Cent, Michael Bolton, Ringo Starr, Simon Cowell, Akon, Mariah Carrie, Adam Levine, A$AP Rocky, Mario Lopez

Popstar is three or four brilliantly stupid songs in an album full of filler. Go for the concert footage; fall asleep in between.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is Andy Samberg’s baby. After his Saturday Night live stint – where he and Justin Timberlake perfected musical numbers like “Dick in a Box” – Samberg’s career has had highs and lows. His series Brooklyn Nine-Nine just finished its third season on Fox. However, every so often, Samberg has also been stuck in crappy Adam Sandler flicks. One of his amazing – but less well-known – side projects is a great spoof band called The Lonely Island; here he and his band mates get to show that off. It’s the best part of this pop mockumentary.

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Screened Out – Sisters

By : Stephen Miller
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Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ike Berenholz, John Cena, John Leguizamo, Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Bobby Moynihan, Kate McKinnon, Chris Parnell, Madison Davenport

The rule with comedy is pretty simple: it has to be funny. Though the family here is under-defined, and the journey isn’t at all surprising – everything is merely a setup for a gag instead of having an actual plot – there are plenty of laughs in this Orlando-based two-hour skit.

For example: when the two drunken sisters meet O-town’s finest, one slurs, “Officer Donuts, why don’t you jump back into your squad car and go save a kitten up a tree, because these pussies are fiiiinne.”

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Screened Out – Inherent Vice

By : Stephen Miller
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Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Eric Roberts, Martin Short, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Jena Malone, Maya Rudolph

Want to waste two and a half hours of your life in someone else’s muddled haze? It’s like being trapped with a drunk, high person rambling about the weird, long dream he had.

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Screened Out – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Maya Rudolph, Ricky Gervais, Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Andrea Martin, Skylar Gisondo, Hugh Jackman

History comes alive! Sort of.

As special effects-heavy joyrides, Night at the Museum – all three films – are absolute pleasures to watch. The third and supposedly final flick finds a little more poignancy. It still skimps on the plot unity and the ability to teach some actual history.

The set-up is still the same. Because of an ancient Egyptian tablet, all the displays in New Yorks Museum of Natural History come to life after the sun goes down. So, we get to see Teddy Roosevelt (Williams), a cowboy (Wilson), and Caesar Octavius (Coogan) run around with dinosaurs, Huns, Neanderthals, monkeys, and such. Stiller is the night watchman who oversees all this madness.

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Screened Out – Big Hero 6

By : Stephen Miller
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Voices of Ryan Potter, Dan Henney, Maya Rudolph, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk

Blammo! Disney Animation has finally tapped into its ownership of Marvel Entertainment. Big Hero 6 is a solid combined effort, a comic superhero origin story for kids and adults alike.

Sure, there are wobbles. This flick still smacks of Disney’s goal to sell merchandise – wait for all the plastic toys! Also, many of the lesser characters don’t get much backstory (maybe they will in later films). However, Big Hero 6 is funny and action packed. More to the point, this film leads with heart. It tells a story about misfits, geeks, and orphans trying to make right in the world, an emotional approach both Marvel and Disney have explored a lot.

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