Is “Ted 2” bearable? Is “Max” the most? “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl” lively? Popcorn Bag movie reviews!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo -- If you're headed to the theater this weekend there are options for each taste. If it's an adult's night out "Ted 2" might be a good choice, but if you have the kiddos tagging along "Max" might be a more suitable option.

1) TED 2 (R)


Bad taste sells. No one knows that better than Seth MacFarlane. He brings us more raunchy and sophomoric humor in “Ted 2,” the sequel to his 2012 R-rated hit about a living teddy bear who likes to party, crack wise and indulge in copious amounts of drugs.

While not as consistently funny as the original, “Ted 2” does provide some politically incorrect laughs for those in tune with MacFarlane's shamelessly crude sense of humor. This time out, Ted and his pal Mark Wahlberg, try to legally prove Ted's humanity.

Shawn says, "It's raunchier and more over-the-top than the first. Not necessarily funnier but still a naughty good time. Skip if you're easily offended.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

2) MAX (PG)

Warner Brothers

Max” is a throwback for those people who often say, “They just don’t make ‘em like they used to.” This family drama is about a Marine Military Service dog, suffering from post-traumatic stress after returning to the States from the war in Afghanistan. He befriends the troubled brother of his former trainer who died in combat.

If you love watching reruns of the old TV show, “Lassie,” then “Max” is for you. Others, beware.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags


Fox Searchlight

“Me, Earl and the Dying Girl” was the big winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Thomas Mann plays a teenager whose mom forces him to befriend a young girl suffering from leukemia, played by Olivia Cook. He and his pal Earl, played by R. J. Cyler, wind up making an amateur movie for her. This beautifully acted coming-of-age flick may be a little too self-consciously quirky and a bit morose, but it’s also smart, funny and unusually moving.

Shawn calls it, "Heartwarming. A more sophisticated version of 'The Fault in Our Stars.'"

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags


-Manglehorn:  Al Pacino and Holly Hunter star in a drama from indie film darling David Gordon Green about a flaky, aging locksmith.

-I'll See You in My Dreams: In this comic drama, Blythe Danner plays a former singer who finds geriatric romance. Sam Elliott co-stars.

-Big Game: Samuel L. Jackson plays the President of the US who flees from killers when Air Force One crash lands.

-Aloft: Jennifer Connelly portrays a mother who suffers from emotional scarring from a past accident.

-A Little Chaos:  Kate Winslet stars in this period romantic drama about a landscape artist in the court of Louis XIV.

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