Picks of the week
‘22 Jump Street’
(R, 105 minutes, Sony): In the annals of cheap-laugh movies, this follow-up to “21 Jump Street” approaches heights of sublime shamelessness. This sequel wears its well-worn formula, mocking inside jokes and gleeful taste for overkill proudly, flying the high-lowbrow flag for audiences that like their comedy just smart enough to be not-too-dumb. Reprising his deputy police chief role, Nick Offerman again informs star undercover officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) of their new case, having to do with a campus drug ring. As in the first movie – which sounded so bad on paper but turned out to be a delightful surprise – “22 Jump Street” features a hilarious drug trip, some delish cameos and a steady stream of double-entendres meant to send up the homoerotic subtexts of so many buddy-cop movies. Contains profanity throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence. Extras: commentary with Hill, Tatum and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller; five deleted and extended scenes; and featurettes “The Perfect Couple of Directors” and “Line-O-Rama: Schmidt and Tattoo Art.” On Blu-ray: 17 additional deleted and extended scenes; featurettes covering Jenko and Schmidt’s transformation into college students, the relationship of the Hill and Tatum, casting, ad-libbing on set, unfiltered improvisation during the Mr. Walters prison scene, and a “Dramatic Interpretation” version of the film with all jokes removed; a montage of deleted jokes; four more “Line-O-Ramas”; two videos: “Zook & McQuaid’s Football Tape” and “Jenko Split.”
‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’
(R, 102 minutes, Anchor Bay): Director Robert Rodriguez first brought “Sin City” to the screen nine years ago, and here, he has turned more of Frank Miller’s brutally violent graphic novel stories into a stylishly constructed neo-noir nightmare. Both “Sin City” films are for those who can handle copious amounts of eye-gouging, dismemberment, finger-breaking, decapitation and self-inflicted slicing. In this one, however, returning character Dwight, the private eye with a moral code, is played by Josh Brolin, taking over for Clive Owen. Visually imaginative, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is almost entirely in black and white, with the exception of periodic pops of color – a halo of orange curls, a blue coat, a river of blood. Most of the action was shot against a green screen, so the finished product is a slick hybrid of live action and animation. Contains brutal, stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity and brief drug use. Extras: a high-speed, all green-screen version and featurettes on makeup effects, stunt work and character profiles.
‘If I Stay’
(PG-13, 106 minutes, Fox): Adapted by R.J. Cutler from Gayle Forman’s novel, “If I Stay” is about an attractive young couple grappling with first love and looming mortality. As in “The Fault in Our Stars,” this story is told from the point of view of an exceptionally self-aware young woman (Chloe Grace Moretz) staring down impending death. Here, she’s anxiously watching over herself as she lies in a coma, trying to decide whether life is still worth living after nearly losing it and everything else in a car crash. It has the same good taste, modest cool factor and shameless tear-jerking that made “Stars” such a multi-hankie hit. Contains thematic elements, some sexual material and mild profanity. Extras: Commentary by Cutler and producer Alison Greenspan, “Never Coming Down” music video, deleted scenes and music commentary. On Blu-ray: “I Never Wanted to Go” music montage, three-part “Beyond the Page” featurette with interviews with the cast, crew and Forman.
‘And So It Goes’
(PG-13, 94 minutes, Fox): The late-in-life romantic comedy, starring Michael Douglas as a curmudgeonly real estate agent and Diane Keaton as the sweet-natured lounge singer who wins his heart, has been directed by Rob Reiner in a clear effort to re-bottle the lightning of such hits as Nancy Meyers’ “It’s Complicated” and James Brooks’ “As Good as It Gets.” Taking one element from column Meyers, one from column Brooks and adding a side dish of Nora Ephron as needed, Reiner assembles a square meal of rom-com pleasure points, but it’s bland, by-the-numbers and not particularly memorable. Contains profanity, some sexual references and drug elements.