Matthew Lickona 1 p.m., Aug. 26
Muppets Most Wanted
- Rated PG | 1 hour, 52 minutes
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The colorful, show-stopping opener, "We’re Doing a Sequel" - the wittiest, most delightful musical number to come out of a live-action Disney production in decades - automatically places this Muppet movie eons ahead of the ghastly Jason Segel reboot. Kids will no doubt get off on the silly mistaken-identity plot, but it's more than likely that the barrage of celebrity appearances, in-jokes, and arcane references to classic cinema will bore younger viewers. (The four I took were decidedly unimpressed.) Instead of acting in actual character cameos, with the exception of a few, all the stars are asked to do is show up and point their mugs in the general direction of the camera. Danny Trejo clad in a belly shirt and doing the Macarena makes this a must-see, but as delightful as is it to find Col. Landa in this context, surely there must have been something more for Christoph to do than just Waltz with a Muppet. 2014.