3 movies to see, 1 to skip this weekend June 3-5

Here’s a rundown of which new movies to see and which ones to skip this weekend:

Worth Seeing

1. ‘The Lobster’ (R) – 3.5 stars

“The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos’ English-language debut, is another strange, sometimes harrowing exercise in absurdity that resonates despite its weirdness. The movie is set in a near-future in which being single is not an option — it’s illegal.” (Read More)

2. ‘Me Before You’ (PG-13) – 3 stars

“Me Before You is a juicy, ripe red apple of a romance with a razor blade embedded under its skin.” (Read More)

3. ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ (R) – 2.5 stars

“The first two-thirds of Popstar use documentary form to gleefully, and savagely, skewer celebrity in the age of non-stop social media, as well as the celebrity-crazed news cycle, where wardrobe malfunctions are breaking news, intimate moments are live-streamed and Big Gulp-swilling entertainment gossip journalists snark the pain away.” (Read More)

Skip It

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’ (PG-13) – 1.5 stars

“It’s more cacophonous than cinematic, and loses the quirky charm of the cartoon in the avalanche of computer-generated violence.” (Read More)

Still playing

1. ‘Love and Friendship’ (PG) – 3 stars

““Does this woman always get her way?” demands a character in Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship, a smashing adaptation of Jane Austen’s perky novella Lady Susan. The woman in question is, of course, the unscrupulous Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale). If she were a man, she might be called a rogue or a swine. Being a woman, though, Lady Susan avoids those particular assaults on her character (though not others). She also usually gets her way.” (Read More)

2. ‘A Bigger Splash’ (R) – 3 stars

The premise is simple: The rock star Marianne (Tilda Swinton) is recuperating from throat surgery and has come to Pantelleria to vacation with her boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts, who looks like Viggo Mortensen’s younger, hunkier brother). Marianne is under doctor’s orders not to speak for two weeks, so the couple spends their time sunbathing nude, having sex and slathering each other’s bodies with sea mud, all things that don’t require much talking.” (Read More)

3. ‘Weiner’ (R) – 3 stars

“Anthony Weiner’s 2013 mayoral campaign was supposed to be a comeback, a vindication of the former congressman whose career imploded two years earlier after he accidentally shared a sexually explicit photo on his public Twitter account (he intended to send the picture to a specific woman; oops!). When he launched his run for mayor of New York City in May of 2013, he was polling far ahead of his rivals and he even decided to invite filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg to shadow him, allowing them uncommon access into his campaign for a documentary that would presumably depict his rise-from-the-ashes victory. Instead, the resulting film ‘Weiner’ tells a different story — a riveting portrait of a man so consumed by hubris and confidence that he is utterly blind to his failings. Five months into his campaign, which was being run by an energetic staff of young, fresh-faced believers passionate about their candidate, Weiner was busted again for the exact same thing — more phone sex antics, this time using the alias “Carlos Danger.”” (Read More)

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