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Movie Minute: ‘The Happytime Murders’ is what happens when muppets go bad

August 23, 2018

Movie Minute: ‘The Happytime Murders’ is what happens when muppets go bad

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- There’s truly something for everybody new in theaters this weekend.

“The Happytime Murders” is a cross between “Toy Story” and “Deadpool,” a raunchy comedy starring Melissa McCarthy about what happens with puppets (don’t call them muppets) when kids aren’t around.

“A-X-L” is a family-friendly sci-fi thriller, like last week’s new release “Alpha,” about the bond between a boy and a dog. Finally, “Papillon” is a remake of a prison escape film in the vein of “The Shawshank Redemption.”

Check out clips of all three in the video, above.

THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie David Baker

Director: Brian Henson

Rated: R

Google synopsis: In the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, two clashing detectives -- one human and the other a puppet -- must work together to solve the brutal murders of former cast members of a beloved puppet TV show.

A-X-L

Starring: Alex Neustaedter, Becky G, Alex MacNicoli, Dominic Rains, Thomas Jane, Patricia De Leon

Director: Oliver Daly

Rated: PG

Google synopsis: A.X.L. is a top-secret, robotic dog that has advanced artificial intelligence created by the military. After an experiment gone wrong, A.X.L. is discovered hiding in the desert by Alex, a kindhearted outsider who finds a way to connect with the robot. The two soon develop a special friendship based on trust, loyalty and compassion. Helping Miles gain confidence, A.X.L. goes to any length to protect his new companion, including facing off against the scientists who want their creation back.

PAPILLON

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek

Director: Michael Noer

Rated: R

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63 percent

Google synopsis: The epic story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière, a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega, who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon’s escape.

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