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
A trio of spoiled-rotten siblings disowned by a negligent, filthy-rich father transition from a pampered existence - well-dressed henchmen pitch pennies outside the family’s six-car garage - to a life in the bowels of Mexico City. The abrupt change compels them to take menial jobs in order to survive, but don’t expect any sermonizing. From the people who bring you Whiskas cat food - one of the film’s proud sponsors - comes a consistently amusing social satire that’s more than just a cut-and-paste reversal on The Beverly Hillbillies. Co-writer and first-time director Gary Alazraki’s unreservedly silly throwback to character-driven ‘70s screwball bounces from gag to gag at a reliable pace, and the inevitable comedowns don’t drop anchor like bowling balls from the sky. Benjamin Shwartz’s score is notable for its quirky blend of silent movie music, swingin’ ‘60s brass, and klezmer. With Luis Gerardo Méndez, Karla Souza, Gonzalo Vega, and Juan Pablo Gil. 2013.