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Rondeau's Reviews: 'Papillon', 'A.X.L.' & 'The Happytime Murders'


If you're looking for a white knuckle thrill ride, "Papillon" seems like just the ticket. The remake of the 1973 prison escape drama stars Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnan as inmates sent to a penal colony in French Guyana.

I missed the screening for this one, but the trailer looks really good.

If I was looking for a deep dive at the theater this weekend, this would be my pick.

Papillon is rated PG.


Also opening Friday, the futuristic drama "A.X.L." OK - this one seems a little out there, but let me walk you through it.

Axl is a robotic dog discovered hiding in the desert by a down-on-his-luck teenage motocross rider named Miles. What Miles doesn't know is A.X.L. is really a high-tech weapon developed by the feds.

But when rogue military scientists want their high-tech pet back, Axl's new owner will go to any lengths to protect his metallic man's best friend. I am on the fence about this one, but if you like dogs and motocross - then, why not?

Axl is also rated PG.

The Happytime Murders

Finally the movie I have been waiting months to see: the adults-only puppet comedy "The Happytime Murders."

The raunchy film appears to be sort of a cross between Sesame Street and Avenue Q, and I stress: It Is Not For Kids!

It stars Melissa McCarthy as a tough LA detective who teams up with a puppet partner to solve a series of muppet murders.

The late great Jim Henson's son Brian directs.

How far did he go? From the looks of the trailer, "The Happytime Murders" really push the envelope. I cannot wait to see it.

It's rated R, and I repeat - it's not for young kids.

Note: Trailer below contains explicit language.