Penguins of Madagascar (PG). Consistently humorous and a candy-colored visible treat, “Penguins of Madagascar” will entertain kids 6 and older, as good as teenagers and adults. The pun-filled book earns distant some-more guffaws than groans. Filmgoers will know a penguins from their wily effect as ancillary players in a charcterised “Madagascar” films. This film is never really scary: Dave, a mean shape-shifting purple octopus, inspires few shudders; he’s some-more of a grudge-holder than a killer. The penguins’ story opens in flashback: Skipper, a order-barking leader; Kowalski, a pessimist; and Rico, a swallower of things bigger than he is, mangle divided from a single-file impetus of their Antarctic brethren in office of a wandering egg and adventure. Cute small Private hatches on an ice floe and they adopt him. Ten years later, a 4 are robbing a vending appurtenance when they confront Dave. He tries to kidnap them as partial of a tract to spin all zoo and sea park penguins into monsters. Skipper aims to foil Dave, though a penguins contingency contest with a growth group called a North Wind. (92 minutes)
THE BOTTOM LINE: One visible fun shows a bay sign swallowing a seagull, and another shows a wildlife documentary group force Skipper, Kowalski and Rico off a precipice to get a improved shot. Later in a film, a penguins face a appurtenance that looks as if it could gnaw them up.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. Although not a small place-holder, this initial partial of a “Mockingjay” culmination spends many time environment things adult for “Part 2,” scheduled to open a year from now. For teenagers already into a books by Suzanne Collins and a initial dual films, this lollygagging gait won’t matter much: They’re saying a characters in new situations. The film does, however, assume many before knowledge. It is reduction greatly aroused than a initial two, though a fatal Hunger Games going on, though it depicts wartime extinction and mental agonise with totalled intensity. After a final Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) awakes in a hospital. The insurgent care had her taken to their tip domicile in District 13, where they make skeleton to harmonize all a districts of Panem in an overthrow opposite President Snow. The cold insurgent leader, President Coin, wants Katniss to be a rebellion’s promotion mouthpiece. But Katniss’s someday love, Peeta Mellark, languishes in a Capitol, brainwashed and forced to do anti-rebellion videos. Katniss cares usually about his rescue. The insurgent leaders send her to see a extinction in her possess District 12, and she agrees to seem in a insurgent video. (123 minutes)
THE BOTTOM LINE: The assault is comparatively singular and not bloody, though scenes of extinction are disturbing. Katniss sees bombed-out rubble, piles of stays and wrapped bodies in a morgue. In a video from Snow, purported traitors are shot on-camera. A sanatorium is bombed, though a passed are not shown. Katniss still has nightmares. An act of personal assault is some-more intolerable than graphic.
Dumb and Dumber To. The doctors of doofus comedy have rehung their shingle. High-schoolers can roar by “Dumb and Dumber To” right along with their parents, who presumably chortled by a original. The amusement is too licentious for middle-schoolers unless relatives approve. But “Dumb and Dumber To” earns lots of laughs by celebrating idiocy. Harry (Jeff Daniels) visits Lloyd (Jim Carrey) during a hospital, where Lloyd has been catatonic for 20 years. Once awakened, Lloyd learns Harry needs a kidney. They contingency lane down a daughter Harry fathered out of nuptials years ago, in hopes that she’ll present one. That leads to a mother, who gave a child adult for adoption; a adoptive father; his dopey daughter; and her savage stepmother. (110 minutes)
The bottom line: Raunchy passionate amusement earns a PG-13 rating and edges into R territory. Crude language, occasional impertinence and sum toilet amusement stay some-more in a PG-13 range. References to passionate promiscuity abound.
Horrible Bosses 2. Every bit as raunchy and scurrilous as a initial film, this nearly-as-funny supplement is many emphatically not for viewers younger than 17. The contingent of goofs who absolved themselves of immorality bosses have emerged from a mayhem they fomented. Now would-be inventors and entrepreneurs Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) marketplace a soap-and-water tool they call a Shower Buddy. An online catalog noble (Christoph Waltz) offers a trusting guys a deal, afterwards pulls a carpet out from underneath them. To get even, they try to kidnap a mogul’s son though blow it. The son afterwards colludes with them to feign his possess abduction and get behind during his father. For advice, a 3 buddies again enroll a obscenely named and amateurish small-time limb (Jamie Foxx) they used a initial time around. And, once again, they evasion a assertive advances of a sex-addicted dentist (Jennifer Aniston). (108 minutes)
THE BOTTOM LINE: “Horrible Bosses 2” includes both fatal and comedic gunplay, scurrilous and intimately pithy language, and scenes of licentious earthy comedy that “accidentally” resemble passionate situations or purposefully etch them, back-view nakedness and all.
Horwitz is a freelance writer.