21 Jump Street NEW!As a teenager, Jenko (Channing Tatum) was a popular jock prone to slamming kids into lockers and messing with them. Schmidt (Jonah Hill) was a hapless nerd with a bleached-blond Eminem bowl cut and braces large enough for Iron Man to envy. Seven years later, the two men are now police officers, relegated to bike patrol in public parks, until they bust a group of shady dopers and are promoted to the Jump Street unit, assigned to go undercover as high schoolers and bust a drug ring. Their barking mad captain (Ice Cube) – the sort of boss who will never be pleased no matter how well you do your job – warns them there are two conditions they must adhere to, always: One, do not get expelled. Two, do not have sexual relationships with students or faculty members. Of course, in about two minutes the bumbling cops have broken both rules. But what makes "21 Jump Street" so funny and exciting and lovable is all the stuff you don’t see coming. The best comedies – the ones that endure, the ones you can’t help but stop and watch again when you come across them on TV, the ones with jokes that still make you laugh the 40th time around – are extremely difficult to pull off. "21 Jump Street" makes it all seem easy. This is the rare breed of Hollywood studio production that has the brash spirit of an independent picture and the sharp wit of a stand-up comic. The movie’s budget is big, but so are its ideas and smarts. It is also absolutely, consistently hilarious and decidedly R-rated, but never crude or mean-spirited or dumb. "21 Jump Street" has lots of terrific supporting performances: Cube kills every scene he’s in with his profane, volcanic anger, and Dave Franco, younger brother of James, channels a hilarious, I’m-much-cooler-than-you swagger. But Hill and Tatum (who knew this actor could be so funny?) make you fall in love with this madcap, adorable movie. "21 Jump Street" is silly and outrageous and relentlessly clever, and even though it goes a little slack in the final 10 minutes, the absolutely insane end credits more than make up for it. It may only be March, but I’m willing to bet we won’t see a funnier comedy this year.31⁄2 stars out of 4 — Rene Rodriguez, McClatchy-TribuneRated R for vulgar language, sexual situations, violence, drug use and adult themes. 1 hour, 49 minutes.John Carter 3DA former military captain is mysteriously transported to Mars, where he reluctantly becomes involved in an epic conflict among planet’s inhabitants. With Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton and Mark Strong. Written by Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon. Directed by Stanton.3 stars out of 4 — Connie Ogle, McClatchy-TribuneRated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action. 2 hours, 12 minutes.Silent HouseA young woman panics and tries to escape after she finds herself locked inside her family’s secluded lake house. With Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese and Eric Sheffer Stevens. Written by Gustavo Hernandez and Laura Lau. Directed by Lau and Chris Kentis.21⁄2 stars out of 4— Roger Moore, McClatchy-TribuneRated R for disturbing violent content and terror, 1 hour, 26 minutes.A Thousand WordsA fast-talking literary agent must choose his words carefully when he finds himself bonded to a magical tree that sheds a leaf each time he speaks, with grave consequences. With Eddie Murphy, Cliff Curtis and Kerry Washington. Written by Steve Koren. Directed by Brian Robbins.11⁄2 stars out of 4 — Roger Moore, McClatchy-TribuneRated PG-13 for sexual situations, language, dialogue and some drug-related humor. 1 hour, 31 minutes.Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 3-DIn this animated film, a 12-year-old boy searching for the key to winning over his dream girl must confront a mysterious grumpy creature who is protective of his homeland.Grade B — Chris Vognar, Associated PressRated PG for brief mild language. Running time: 1 hour, 34 minutes.Project XThree ordinary high school seniors attempt to make a name for themselves by throwing an unforgettable party, which spirals way out of control.4 stars out of 4 — Rene Rodriguez, McClatchy-TribuneRated R for vulgar language, nudity, explicit sex, violence, drug use and everything else that keeps parents up late worrying about what their kids will do. 1 hour, 28 minutes.Act of ValorAfter the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of Navy Seals is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt to foil the attack.21⁄2 stars out of 4 — Roger Moore, McClatchy-TribuneRated R for strong violence including some torture, and for language. 1 hour, 51 minutes.Tyler Perry’s Good DeedsA successful businessman with a restless fiancee is jolted out of his routine after meeting a struggling single mother who works for the cleaning crew at his office building.11⁄2 stars out of 4 — Roger Moore, McClatchy-TribuneRated PG-13 for some violence, sexual content, language and thematic material. 1 hour, 51 minutes.
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