A few not-so-shocking giveaways about this week’s new movie releases, including Justice League and Frank Serpico
Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., Nov. 17
Monty Python's skits — sometimes funny, always silly illustrations of human stupidity — are strung together here into a more or less linear narrative, spoofing King Arthur in Old England. The picaresque itinerary (traveling lightly and quickly through spots that are never returned to again, although many of the jokes are brought up, in slightly altered guises, over and over) permits the Python group, on any off-the-cuff inspiration, to tear off in any direction, some of which turn out to be profitable (the man-eating white rabbit, the Black Knight who won't concede defeat while he loses arms and legs, left and right — "It's only a flesh wound"), and some of which turn out to be dead ends (dismal animation sequences). Directed by Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. 1975.