Pick of the week: “Team America: World Police” — Trey Stone and Matt Parker’s hilarious satire of action movies and American politics (which have a lot of overlap with each other) was probably a pain to film, what with all those marionettes jiggling around. But it holds up very well a decade later — and that theme song is still catchy.
“Cuban Fury” — My full review is here. Nick Frost of “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” gets his first lead role as a former salsa dancing wunderkind who puts the sequined vest back on to woo Rashida Jones. It’s a little soft when it should be sharp, but there’s still enough here to recommend, including a riotous “dance-off” in a parking garage between Frost and Chris O’Dowd.
“The Contender” — Clinton-era politics got its “Seven Days in May” in this potboiler about a vice presidential nominee (Joan Allen) caught up in a supposed sex scandal. A little self-righteous at times, but the plot makes some satisfying turns, and the great cast includes Gary Oldman as a crusading Republican interrogator and Jeff Bridges as a charmingly wily President.
“Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn” — The most quotable horror movie ever made pits poor Ash (Bruce Campbell) against demons, his reanimated girlfriend and his own severed hand in this wildly funny flick from Sam Raimi.
“Love and Death” — Woody Allen hilariously satirizes “War and Peace” and other works of Russian literature in this 1976 gem.