New movies this week
21 Jump Street
The gist: A comedic take on the silly show, which introduced most of us to Johnny Depp, about two cops who go back to high school as undercover cops. The cast alone is hilarious. R
The cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Dave Franco and Rob Riggle.
The buzz: While it sounds kinda dumb, it's getting really good reviews. "This potty-mouthed and drug-laced reimagining of the 1980s TV show has one of the highest laughs-per-minute ratios since the Naked Gun films," the Philadelphia Inquirer says.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
The gist: A documentary about Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who created the ubiquitous and increasingly annoying Elmo from Sesame Street. And here we remember him as the guy who was the voice of Splinter, the rat in the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Or you could just watch this on Netflix streaming, because this came out in 2011. PG
The cast: Clash, Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Oz, Cheryl Henson and Rosie O'Donnell.
The buzz: Clash makes a glorified sock talk for a living. What a job! "The film also provides an inspiring reminder for the young and the rest of us that there is a vital relationship between the best kind of work and passionate play," the Denver Post says.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
The gist: An oddball dramedy about a guy who goes out to buy some wood glue and runs into his brother by chance and gets into … well, not really trouble, but definitely some indie-style situations. You know the kind of movie we mean. R
The cast: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer, Susan Sarandon, Rae Dawn Chong and Steve Zissis.
The buzz: Finally, a funny movie that isn't all fart jokes and sex. That's good, right? "This isn't a movie for everyone, but for fans of quirky charm leavened occasionally by uncomfortable, realistic exchanges, it's a small delight," the Arizona Republic says.
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