Thanksgiving Weekend Movies: Mischievous People & Pets

This Thanksgiving, a foursome of penguins attempt to save the world while a trio of buffoons attempt to save their jobs.

DreamWorks Animation revisits the ‘Madagascar’ franchise with the spin-off ‘Penguins of Madagascar‘. Thank heaven the first spin-off wasn’t about that damn lemur. Following the four characters from Nickelodeon’s TV series ‘The Penguins of Madagascar’ (I have no idea why the “The” was removed for the movie’s title), the feature-length movie takes them in the direction of ‘Despicable Me’. When a villain’s plot to destroy the world is uncovered, the rookery joins forces with a top secret organization to thwart his plan. Supposedly, ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ is quite entertaining, but DreamWorks is on the decline and I can’t imagine a big-screen adaptation of a cable television series offering too much competition against ‘Big Hero 6’.

The release that I’m most thankful for this weekend is the return of Nick, Kurt and Dale in ‘Horrible Bosses 2‘. Unlike the ‘Hangover’ series, this ‘Horrible’ sequel isn’t a mere copycat of the first movie that fills in the occasional blank. It’s not about the threesome (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis and Charlie Day) attempting to murder their oppressive and downright evil bosses. Since we last saw them, Nick, Kurt and Dale have gone into business together and become their own bosses. In a shady and unethical move from a promising new business partner (Christoph Waltz), they’re left on the brink of losing their company, so they once again take matters into their own hands – this time by kidnapping the investor’s son (Chris Pine) with a ransom that will keep their business afloat. While the jokes and plot are entirely new, expect Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx to reprise their awesome roles in hilarious fashion.

On the indie front, awards-buzzed ‘The Imitation Game‘ debuts on four screens thanks to The Weinstein Company. In this WWII drama, Benedict Cumberbatch plays the English genius who helped crack the Enigma code, a cryptic messaging system used by Germany’s Nazi army. Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode co-star.

Finally, if you’re looking for indie entertainment that’s playing nationwide, Focus Features has expanded its release of ‘The Theory of Everything‘ to more than 800 screens.

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