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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)*

Title: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Rating: PG
Directed by: David Soren
Written by: Nicholas Stoller
Based on the epic novels by: Dav Pilkey
Starring: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, and Kristen Schaal
Release Date: 6/2/2017
Running Time: 89 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.


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Storks (2016)*

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Title: Storks
Rating: PG
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland
Written by: Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Anton Starkman, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Danny Trejo
Release Date: 9/23/2016
Running Time: 89 minutes

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Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet retail giant Cornerstore.com. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when the Baby Factory is accidentally activated on his watch, producing an adorable – and wholly unauthorized – baby girl.

Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop, in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.


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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

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Title: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Rating: R
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Written by: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nicholas Stoller, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron and Chloë Grace Moretz
Release Date: 5/20/2016
Running Time: 92 minutes

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Returning stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are joined by Chloë Grace Moretz for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the follow-up to 2014’s most popular original comedy. Nicholas Stoller again directs in a film that follows what happens when the will of parenthood goes against the bonds of sisterhood.

Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.Tired of their school’s sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever the hell they want. When Shelby (Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the perfect place just off campus, they won’t let the fact that it’s located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw.

Forced to turn to the one ex-neighbor with the skills to bring down the new Greeks next door, the Radners—alongside best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo)—bring in charismatic Teddy as their secret weapon. If he can infiltrate the sorority and charm his way through it, the thirtysomethings will shutter the Kappas’ home. But if they think that their neighbors are going down without a fight, they have severely underestimated the power of youthful ingenuity and straight-up crazy.


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Zoolander 2 (2016)*

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Title: Zoolander 2
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Ben Stiller
Written by: Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller, Nicholas Stoller and John Hamburg
Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Olivia Munn, Penélope Cruz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristen Wiig, Ariana Grande and Christine Taylor
Release Date: 2/12/2016
Running Time: 102 minutes

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Blue Steel. Le Tigre. Magnum… looks powerful enough to halt a Chinese throwing star mid-air and thwart the plans of an evil mastermind’s global takeover. There is only one male model and one male model alone who is capable of conjuring such beauty and power with a pout… Derek Zoolander.


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Neighbors Review – 3 out of 5 Stars

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There’s not a lot that can be said about the new, hard R comedy Neighbors. There are problems with the film certainly whether it is in some of the screenplay or in the editing but the film is very funny at points and features great performances from Rose Byrne, Zac Efron and Seth Rogen. Overall, I would recommend the film as an entertaining and lighthearted time the theater.

The Radners (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) have just settled into a cozy suburb when a wild frat house moves in. In trying to get to get the fraternity to leave the neighborhood, the two groups start fighting.

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I’m getting really tired as of late of accusing movies of biting off more than they can chew. I said this for The Lego Movie, I said this for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and I said this for The Winter Soldier. But I apologize; this is something I have to say for Neighbors too.

The film tries to throw in social commentary about growing up. There is a certain level of criticism for both the family and for the frat which is something I think worked for the films advantage. The family is pranking the frat as a way to escape the fact that they are getting older and the frat is attacking the family because they are afraid that they will end up living like the family. With a higher level of competence, these themes could’ve worked in the films advantage. But the film through and through is still trying to be a Seth Rogen hybrid and an excuse for zany comedy. Not that a film can’t succeed at being both, National Lampoon’s Vacation manages to be a story about the craziness of family and a hilarious comedy at the same time. Most recently even, This is the End was extremely successful at being a heavy comedy and a criticism of celebrity culture at the same time. But this film lacks the competence or structure for the film to be able to make themes that they highlight throughout the film look not half assed. The film relies a bit too much on just being a solid, low budget comedy for anything that the film dramatically throws at you to be impactful.

The film is also extremely predictable. Usually in comedies of this style there is at least one jaw dropping moment that you did not see coming. Going back to the two previously mentioned comedies, Clark Griswold going insane with a gun in Family Vacation or Danny McBride kidnapping Channing Tatum in This is the End. I think the moments where I did not see something coming were few and far between for Neighbors. Mostly the film keeps all the actors working in their usual boundaries. I think this helped in making whatever message the film was going for even less important.

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That being said, I still think there is a certain charm in the film in its laid back attitude even if it resulted in something that is probably unmemorable and lacking in any big themes. The improvising that is done by many of the actors is hilarious and made its way to the best points of the film. Speaking of which, all of the performances are great. Seth Rogen is still a very funny lead and Zac Efron and Rose Byrne add a layer of intensity and excitement to the story in how energetic there performances were. With a lesser cast, this movie most certainly would’ve failed but because it has such a creative and fun cast, I think the film ultimately works as a fun popcorn film. Many of the scenes of the film also do work like the Robert De Niro party or the visit to the doctor.

This is one of the shortest and weakest movie reviews I’ve ever written for a movie. Is Neighbors poorly structured? Yes. Is it forgettable? Yes. It is mildly enjoyable? Yes. Neighbors is the perfect Redbox viewing with funny scenes and great performances. The film has problems but it is also fun and charming in the most kicked back way possible. Leave your brain at the door.

Rating:(3/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 4/4/2014

Rating: R

Cast: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Brian Huskey, Ike Barinholtz and Carla Gallo

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

Written by: Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien

Neighbors (2014)*

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TITLE: Neighbors

RELEASE DATE: 5/9/2014

RATING: R

A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.

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