Screened Out – Pitch Perfect 2

By : Stephen Miller
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Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, Keegan Michael Key

Pitch Perfect 2 is the same entertaining song, second verse. They might’ve taken this opportunity to change up the tune a bit, but why mess with what works? Sure, this means there’s little surprise, and the same problems also repeat. However, just like the original, the jokes are very funny, and the singing is a blast.

Kendrick and the Barden Bellas are still out to win a great a capella singing competition with the cards stacked against them. Like the first, Kendrick is keeping a secret. Wilson is still trying to get it on with any man she can convince. The group still has control and bonding issues.

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

By : Stephen Miller
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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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