Opening in Orlando: The Boss, Before I Wake and Hardcore Henry

Hardcore Harry
Hardcore Harry

The Boss Talk about ripped-from-the-headlines: Anybody up for a comedy that's based on Martha Stewart's jail stint? Jesus, that's so antiquated it's almost retro. (Then again, if OJ can make a comeback...) The Martha manqué here is Melissa McCarthy, playing a businesswoman who gets sent up the river, then has to rehabilitate her reputation upon release by helping a bunch of Girl Scouts sell sweets. Even if McCarthy's schtick has worn thin for you, there are supporting turns from the great Cecily Strong and Kristen Schaal (who should, in my opinion, be playing the lead: "Move those brownies, sugar tits!"). On the minus side, there's allegedly a cameo by Carrot Top. Because into each life ... (R)

Before I Wake Foster parents Thomas Jane and Kate Bosworth have to figure out why the 8-year-old they've adopted is terrified of falling asleep. Sounds like a problem, all right: The thing any normal, well-adjusted 8-year-old should be terrified of is appearing in a movie with Thomas Jane and Kate Bosworth. (PG-13)

Hardcore Henry Now THAT's the title they should have used for the Magic Mike sequel. Instead, Hardcore Henry is another suspense flick about a hapless protagonist whose true identity is a mystery even to him. The PR angle is that this is a film shot entirely from the hero's perspective – which should make for a nice variation on most American movies, which are shot entirely from a white man's perspective. (Jokes? I shit 'em!) Our addled pal Henry is sent on a desperate journey after he's brought back from the dead by his wife. I'd say that having your wife bring you BACK from the dead is a novel twist as well, but that might give away too much of MY perspective. The MPAA warns of "non-stop bloody brutal violence and mayhem." Yep – sure sounds like marriage to me! (R)


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