Opening this week at a theatre near you:

The Happytime Murders (2018) R

The Happytime Murders

Photo courtesy of STX

In a world where humans and puppets co-exist, a puppet cast of an 80’s children’s TV show is being murdered one by one. A disgraced former policeman (Bill Barretta) and a detective (Melissa McCarthy) team up to find the killer. The Happytime Murders Website

What to Watch For: The cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, and Michael McDonald.

Word on the Street: The screenplay is based on a story treatment that was developed back in the 90’s for the Jim Henson Workshop.

My Take: The son of The Muppets creator Jim Henson, Brian Henson directed this film.

Opens nationwide on Friday.

A.X.L (2018) PG

A-X-L

Photo courtesy of Global Road

A.X.L. stands for Attack, Exploration, Logistics, which is a top-secret, robotic dog designed to help soldiers in tight situations. When the experiment goes wrong, A.X.L. is discovered in the desert by Miles (Alex Neustaedter), and they develop a bond. The scientists are out to find and destroy A.X.L. by any means necessary. A-X-L Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on a short film, Miles that writer/director Oliver Day did in 2015.

Word on the Street: Pop star Becky G is in the film as a character named Sara.

My Take: The short film was made with Kickstarter help.

Opens nationwide on Friday.

Support The Girls (2018) R

Support The Girls

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

The manager (Regina Hall) of a highway sports bar has the day from hell. Support the Girls Website

What to Watch For: The film was nominated for the Narrative Feature award at the 2018 Sarasota Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The cast includes Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, and Dylan Gelula.

My Take: The trailer looks fantastic.

Opens exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Papillon (2017) R

Papillon

Photo courtesy of Bleeker Street

Convicted for murder, Henri (Charlie Hunnman) forms an unlikely alliance with Louis (Rami Malek) to escape from the French penal colony on Devil’s Island. Papillon Website

What to Watch For: This is a remake of the 1973 film Papillon.

Word on the Street: The film is based on a true story.

My Take: Papillon means ‘Butterfly’ which was Henri’s nickname because he had a butterfly tattoo on his chest.

Opens nationwide on Friday.

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