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This week at the cinema - June 13, 2018

Times of Malta takes a look at the latest big screen releases

Jay Chandrasekhar (right) and Erik Stolhanske get a shot at redemption in Super Troopers 2.

Jay Chandrasekhar (right) and Erik Stolhanske get a shot at redemption in Super Troopers 2.

Super Troopers 2 (2018)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Starring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Seann William Scott, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter, Daman Wayans Jr
Duration: 99 minutes
Class: 15
KRS Releasing Ltd

Seventeen years after the original comedy Super Troopers comes its sequel with director and actorJay Chandrasekhar (Beer Fest, Club Dread) once again at its helm.

After being fired for their previous shenanigans, former Vermont Highway Patrol officers Thorny, Farva, Rabbit, Foster and Mac get a shot at redemption from Captain  O'Hagan and Governor Jessan. The wacky quintet must provide law enforcement for a French Canadian town that is transitioning to US sovereignty.

Their unconventional methods soon get put to the test when they encounter a smarmy mayor, mischievous Mounties, a smuggling ring and a huge bear.

The sequel received quite bad reviews, with critics arguing that it was simply a rehash of the original film. Pat Padua of the Washington Post wrote: “The fruit of this reunion is a raunchier version of the original, one that rehashes much of the first film’s silly stoner aesthetic.”

Bob Hoose of Plugged In did not like the film at all. He commented: “Super Troopers 2 is a noxious, unwanted ticket on every level. It's rude, lewd and ridiculously crude.”

The film opens in Malta on Friday.

Ratings
IMDB: 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 33%
Empire: N/A

Will Arnett and Ludacris (who lends his voice to the dog) work paw in hand in Show Dogs.Will Arnett and Ludacris (who lends his voice to the dog) work paw in hand in Show Dogs.

Show Dogs (2018)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Raja Gosnell
Starring: Alan Cumming, Will Arnett, Stanley Tucci, RuPaul, Ludacris
Duration: 92 minutes
Class: PG
KRS Releasing Ltd

The comedy follows police dog Max (voiced by rapper Ludacris) reluctantly teaming up with an FBI agent named Frank (Will Arnett) in a bid to recover a stolen baby panda.

A hot tip leads Max and Frank to Las Vegas for the world's most exclusive dog show. To find the panda, Max goes undercover as a contestant to get the lowdown from his fellow canines.

Show Dogs was panned by critics, who criticised the lazy writing and uninspired performances, among others. Olly Richards of Empire wrote that “you’d get more entertainment from an hour of dog videos on YouTube”.

And the critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes reads: “Show Dogs may entertain very young viewers, but for anyone else, it threatens the cinematic equivalent of a rolled-up newspaper on the snout.”

Released in the US on May 18, the film grossed $22 million so far.

Ratings
IMDB: 2.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 17%
Empire: 2 stars

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