The scene-stealing flightless birds from the popular Madagascar movies are back in the aptly titled Penguins of Madagascar. This time, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private join forces with an elite undercover task force headed by a husky dog, voiced by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch. The mission: saving the world from an evil octopus voiced by John Malkovich.
While the black and white birds provided some of the biggest laughs in earlier Madagascar movies, give them their own story and "it's a Looney Tunes throwback at best with inspired moments of the absurd," says CBC film critic Eli Glasner. "It doesn't have the scope of the previous films and is hurt by a predictable plot."
For the grown ups, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day are back in the revenge comedy reboot Horrible Bosses 2. Having fecklessly failed at murdering their bosses in the first film, characters Dale, Kurt and Nick have now graduated to kidnapping.
Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine star as the bad guys. Jennifer Aniston returns in her role as a sex-addicted dentist.
But like the movie about the plucky birds from Madagascar, Horrible Bosses 2, exhibits "similar flavours of stupid," says Glasner.
Both movies open in Canadian theatres on Friday.
Watch Eli Glasner's full review in the video above.