New movies this week
The Hangover Part II
The gist: The roofie gang is back for another round of obscene mischief, meaning this one is almost a carbon copy of the first one. That's okay, we liked the first one. R
The cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong and Paul Giamatti.
The buzz: Fair warning — don't go thinking you're getting anything new with this one. "The Hangover made the actors A-list Hollywood stars. But despite the indisputable talent of this cast, The Hangover Part II doesn't deliver the same zany punch of its predecessor," Toronto's Globe and Mail says.
Kung Fu Panda 2
The gist: Po is back in the inevitable sequel, which follows the pugilist panda as he does battle with an albino peacock who wants to play with guns. Meanwhile, he starts to wonder if that old goose really is his dad. Ummm … awkward. PG
The cast: Voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan and Seth Rogen.
The buzz: Despite some rough edges, it's good enough that you should expect a third. "At times, Kung Fu Panda 2 suggests Bambi redone as an episode of Oprah. Yet it's a more-than-worthy sequel," Entertainment Weekly says.
POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
The gist: The guy from Super Size Me examines how everything we do, think or possess these days is affected by branding, while getting his documentary paid for by having sponsors brand everything. Consider your mind blown. PG-13
The cast: Morgan Spurlock, Ben Silverman, Brett Ratner, Quentin Tarantino, Noam Chomsky and Ralph Nader.
The buzz: It's slick and well-made, but does it have a point? "Spurlock's film is mainly out to entertain, and it does. But leaving The Greatest Movie Ever Sold I wasn't sure what Spurlock really thought about any of this beyond: Get this. Isn't this wild?" the Chicago Tribune notes.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org