New movies in theaters this week include Jason Sudeikis in “The Angry Birds Movie,” Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” and Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in “The Nice Guys.” Let’s take a closer look at the new movies in theaters this week.
THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE
Rated PG for rude humor and action | In Theaters 5/20 | Ok for Kids 7+ | Columbia/Sony | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels
In this 3D animated comedy, we’ll finally find out why those birds are so angry! The story takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – well, mostly. In this paradise, Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), a bird with anger issues, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders.
But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. Directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, this cute family movie also features the voices of Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon and Keegan Michael Key.
NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING
Rated R for crude sexual content including brief graphic nudity, language throughout, drug use and teen partying | In Theaters 5/20 | Ok for Kids 7+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Now that Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they’re 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 (Zac 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 they want. When Shelby (Chloe Grace 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. The Radners retaliate by bringing in their secret weapon – Teddy.
THE NICE GUYS
Rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity, language and brief drug use | In Theaters 5/20 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Columbia/Sony | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Oscar winner Russell Crowe and Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling star in this action comedy from director Shane Black, who also directed “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and “Iron Man 3.” The story takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star.
During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power. This movie also stars Matt Bomer, Kim Basinger, Ty Simpkins and Keith David.
JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.
Jane Boursaw is the film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Images in this feature used courtesy of the studios and distributors.