New movies in theaters this week include the romantic drama Me Before You, a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and Andy Samberg in a new Lonely Island comedy. Let’s take a closer look at the new movies in theaters this week.
ME BEFORE YOU
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some suggestive material | In Theaters 6/3 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Based on the bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You stars Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games”), under the direction of Thea Sharrock, making her feature film directorial debut. Louisa “Lou” Clark (Clarke) lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet.
Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge. Taking a job at the local “castle,” she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor (Claflin), a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident two years prior. No longer the adventurous soul he once was, the now cynical Will has all but given up – until Lou shows him that life is worth living.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence | In Theaters 6/3 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Paramount | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels
Cowabunga! This sequel to the 2014 film is based on the pizza-loving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. Directed by David Green (“Earth to Echo”) and produced by Michael Bay (“Transformers”), the story finds the Turtles in conflict with T.C.R.I. scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), the Foot Clan and The Shredder (Brian Tee), who’s hired Stockman to create mutants of his own.
Meanwhile, an invasion above New York City is led by the Dimension X inhabitant known as Krang. The Turtles are joined in the fight by Splinter (Tony Shalhoub) and their human friends April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) and the vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell).
POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING
Rated R for some graphic nudity, language throughout, sexual content and drug use | In Theaters 6/3 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
This comedy is headlined by musical digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as The Lonely Island.
The story goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he’s no longer the dopest star of all.
Directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, this movie also stars Bill Hader, Will Arnett and Will Forte.
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.