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For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, June 3, 2016

Aside from “Me Before You” and “Weiner,” this week’s new movies are unconventional, very strange fantasies and dark comedies.

‘Me Before You” (PG-13). British romantic comedy-drama about an eccentric young misfit who loses her job and then has trouble finding steady work until she becomes caretaker to a sardonic wheelchairbound victim of a motorcycle accident. Stars Emilia Clarke, Sam Clafln, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Brendan Coyle and Joanna Lumley.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” (PG-13). This sequel to the 2014 reboot — with the heroes in a half-shell battling mutants — has Megan Fox, Stephen Ameil, Will Arnett and William Fichtner returning, with three-time Oscar-nominee Laura Linney also here, and Tyler Perry as a villain.

“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” (R). Profane mock documentary follows a music star (Andy Samberg, who also co-wrote and co-produced) whose latest album has flopped, so he tries to retain his fanbase without resorting to reuniting with his old boy band, Style Boyz. Also on hand are Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Imogen Poots, Bill Hader, Joan Cusack, Maya Rudolph, Will Arnett, Martin Sheen, and cameos by Adam Levine, Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood, Sal, Pink, Questlove, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jimmy Fallon and Simon Cowell.

  

“The Lobster” (R). Dark comedy about a strange dystopian future where single people are taken to The Hotel, a creepy temporary dwelling where each must find a romantic partner in 45 days or be transformed into an animal and sent off to The Woods. Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star, with Olivia Colman, John C. Reilly and Ben Whishaw in support.

“Weiner” (R). Documentary about the unfortunately named Anthony Weiner, a New York congressman whose mayoral campaign went down in flames after his sexting scandal came to light. Surprisingly, Weiner allowed the documentarians full access, even after the scandal broke. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Belladonna of Sadness” (Not Rated, in Japanese with English subtitles). This 1973 very adult Japanese anime is about a peasant woman who is raped and accused of witchcraft, so she makes a pact with the devil to gain magical abilities. Third film in a trilogy, following “A Thousand and One Nights” (1969) and “Cleopatra” (1970). (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)