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Director: Jay Chandrasekhar. With Jay Chandrasekhar, Will Forte. (110 min.)
The Broken Lizard comedy troupe returns to the big screen with a film that is, impossibly, even more sophomoric than their seminal "Super Troopers." After disgracing themselves at a massive drinking contest during Munich's Oktoberfest, two brothers assemble the ultimate drinking team. They return to Germany the following year to reclaim their pride – by losing their dignity. Grade: C–
– Matt Bradley
Director: Bob Dolman. With Luke Benward, Hallie Kate Eisenberg. (98 min.)
New fifth-grader Billy (Benward) gets on the wrong side of the class bully, who finagles Billy into betting he can eat 10 worms in 12 hours. The wager's loser must come to school with his pants full of worms. This unpromising set-up actually leads into an entertaining look into male posturing, overcoming new-kid syndrome, and a lesson on standing up for yourself and keeping your word. Grade: B–
– M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: 1 instance of innuendo. Violence: 3 instances. Profanity: 1 mild theological expression. Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: 1 instance of drinking.
Director: Bryan Barber. With Terrence Howard, Andre Benjamin, Big Boi. (90 min.)
The headline singer in a 1930s small-town Georgia speakeasy (Big Boi) inherits the club – along with its debts and enemies – when a small-time hood (Howard) shoots the owners. A new singer in town (Paula Patton) teams up with the club's piano player (Benjamin) to breathe new life into the place. This musical's uncertain blend of rap and 1930s jazz never completely jells (the hip hop-singing cuckoo clocks go overboard), but the lovely sepia-toned photography lends period flavor, and the whole thing wraps up with a Busby Berkeley-style production number. Grade: C+
Sex/Nudity: 5 instances of innuendo, 1 brief instance of seminudity, 2 sex scenes. Violence: 11 instances. Profanity: 61 expressions, including 27 harsh. Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: 26 scenes of smoking and/or drinking and drug use.
Director: Ericson Core. With Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear. (128 min.)
In 1976 the Philadelphia Eagles football team was at its lowest point ever. New Head Coach Dick Vermeil (Kinnear) tried to spark interest by holding open tryouts. Out of hundreds of hopefuls, part-time bartender and substitute school teacher Vince Papale (Wahlberg) was the only candidate to make the team, although he'd never played in college. Vermeil picked him because he had "heart." This fictionalized version of Papale's story is filled with the usual sports clichés, but it also has, well, heart. Grade: B
Sex/Nudity: 1 instance of mildly implied sex. Violence: 8 scenes. Profanity: 5 mild expressions. Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: 7 scenes with drinking.
Director: David Ellis. With Samuel L. Jackson, Benjamin McKenzie, Julianna Margulies. (106 min.)
If ever a movie lived up to its name, this is it. FBI Agent Neville Flynn (Jackson, in a subtle self-parody) is escorting a surfer, who witnessed a gangland slaying in Hawaii, to testify in Los Angeles. The mob sneaks hundreds of drugged snakes aboard their plane, timed to be released mid-flight. Fast-paced editing helps keep audiences from asking obvious questions: If the snakes get loose in the cargo hold, how can they be dropping from the ceiling and slithering out of toilets? Grade: D+
Sex/Nudity: 4 scenes of innuendo, 1 sex scene with seminudity. Violence: 26 instances. Profanity: 28 strong epxressions, 29 milder. 1 scene with smoking, 1 with drinking, 1 with marijuana use.