In theaters this week...
In a world where the Muppets aren’t famous anymore, Kermit and the gang try to come back to the mainstream entertainment world. The entire cast reunites for this future classic, from Fozzie Bear to Gonzo and even Miss Piggy. They are helped by their biggest fans, played by Jason Segal and Amy Adams.
The buzz: Anything Muppets is worth checking out, but adding Segal to the mix just intensifies the experience. Obviously, the movie is good for all ages, but cameos by some pretty cool celebrities makes it a great Thanksgiving weekend flick.
Playing at: Cinemark
Arthur Christmas is the not-so-adept son of Santa Claus who takes pride in the little things during the Christmas season, such as making sure kids get letters from Santa and still believe. When the extremely intricate operation misses dropping off one child’s gifts, he goes above and beyond to make sure that little girl doesn’t stop believing.
The buzz: Taking kids to the movies is great, but most parents play the “who’s that voice” game throughout the entire flick. “Arthur Christmas” is no different. With voices played by people like James McAvoy and Hugh Laurie, it’s sure to keep parents guessing and kids entertained.
Playing at: Cinemark.
Brendan Gleeson plays an off-the-wall cop in Scotland that makes up his own rules. When his town becomes the subject of a drug trafficking investigation, he has to deal with an American FBI agent and the two have to overcome their cultural and moral differences.
The buzz: Gleeson hasn’t really ever played a role like this, and he is outstanding. The entire movie is hysterical, and a much-needed break from the child-dominated movie theaters on a holiday weekend.
Playing at: Maiden Alley Cinema
Show times: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 4 p.m. and 7 pm. on Sunday.
— Corianne Egan