Funnier sequel still has silly action, potty humor.
“The Angry Birds Movie 2” is a sequel to the 2016 movie — and both were inspired by one of the best-selling mobile games of all time. As in the original, there’s a lot of silliness here, as well as some mildly rude and suggestive jokes. But there’s also a focus on teamwork, courage and communication. Now that Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) has won the trust and admiration of his fellow birds, he’s no longer the titular angry bird — that title belongs to a new threat: Zeta (Leslie Jones). This movie improves on the original’s messages and story line, but it still has plenty of the butt jokes, endangered eggs and physical comedy that made the first movie so popular. There are a few mildly eyebrow-raising jokes about mating season, naked pigs and speed-dating. A few scenes make it clear that animals are in danger, but (spoiler alert?) everything turns out just fine for everyone. It’s likely to appeal to mid-elementary-school-aged kids and tweens. (97 minutes)
Charming comedy celebrates family ties and The Boss.
“Blinded by the Light” is a feel-good, fact-based comedy about a Pakistani teenager (Viveik Kalra) growing up in 1980s England whose life is transformed by the music of Bruce Springsteen. Directed by “Bend It Like Beckham’s” Gurinder Chadha, it shares themes with that crowd-pleasing hit: the conflict between tradition and following your dreams, the tension between parents and teens, the power of an all-consuming obsession, and the importance of empathy. Mature content is mostly in the form of strong language (“s---,” “bloody,” “wanker,” ethnic slurs, etc.), kissing/innuendo and racist bullying and violence. A Pakistani character is pushed down and injured by white nationalists, there’s a hate crime at a local mosque, and characters feel threatened because of their race. Characters also argue. Ultimately, the movie is about working hard and overcoming obstacles to achieve your goals while learning to appreciate the sacrifices others make on your behalf. (114 minutes)
Poorly made shark sequel has some gory moments.
“47 Meters Down; Uncaged” is the sequel to “47 Meters Down.” Expect shark-related violence: Characters are attacked, bitten and killed, with gory wounds and blood swirling in the water. A gory human head is shown, and a character drowns, horrifyingly, on camera. A flare gun is fired at a shark, and bullies shove a character into a swimming pool. Language includes uses of “a--,” and there are middle-finger gestures. Teen girls wear skimpy swimsuits. Unfortunately, this movie lacks everything that made the original worth seeing; this one has confusing visuals, underdeveloped characters and lame jump-scares. (89 minutes)
Book-based tale of eccentric genius; mature themes, cursing.
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is director Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple’s best-selling 2012 novel about an eccentric and anxious — and borderline agoraphobic — Seattle mother. Bernadette (Cate Blanchett), however, is more than she seems (a bored and rich housewife); she’s an architectural genius who hasn’t worked in nearly 20 years. The movie features a few instances of strong language (including two uses of “f---” and an occasional “b----,” “a--,” “s---,” etc.) as well as several shots of Bernadette’s conspicuous consumerism in the form of Amazon packages and Apple products. A teen vapes and adults drink. Mature content also includes marital discord and a couple of upsetting arguments. There’s plenty to discuss, from sexism and stereotypes to the importance of mentors and close parent-teen relationships. (107 minutes)
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