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Gunrunners David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) fist-bump after delivering some Berettas to Iraq in "War Dogs," a 2016 comedy-drama from Warner Brothers.

War Dogs

Feels like a Martin Scorsese LEGO set, down to a Jonah Hill minifig with articulated middle fingers you can raise. Without him, "War Dogs" would be useless.
Brenda (Kristen Wiig), Frank (Seth Rogen), Sammy Bagel Jr. and Vash (David Krumholtz) face a threat in "Sausage Party," a 2016 Sony Pictures release directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan.

Sausage Party

Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg's "Book of Mormon" moment — a marvelously animated, ecumenically equal-opportunity offender with hope, heart, humor, heroism & heft.

Joely Fisher (left) and Connie Stevens combat the sudden loss of cellular service on Thanksgiving in "Search Engines," a 2016 comedy from writer-director Russell Brown.

Indy Film Fest: Search Engines

Like a painfully super-sized, emotionally tone-deaf, R-rated episode of “Modern Family,” written by a cantankerous old technophobe insisting on the last word.
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The Lobster

You just broke up. You are put into a resort and given 45 days to find a new mate, or you are turned into a lobster. Yes, this is the premise of this movie.

From right, Hansel (Owen Wilson), Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Melanie Valentina (Penelope Cruz) team up to stop the murders of famous people in "Zoolander 2," a 2016 Paramount Pictures release.

Zoolander 2

You never want to deliver a eugoogooly, but funereal solemnity is the only tone to take for a sequel as woefully, and disappointingly, DOA as “Zoolander 2.”
Verna Bloom (left) and Griffin Dunne star in 1985's "After Hours," a comedy directed by Martin Scorsese.

Class of 1985: ‘After Hours’

Though far from flawless as a comedy, Martin Scorsese’s use of the form as catharsis to shake off his setbacks makes "After Hours" its own sort of masterpiece.

Kara (Ignacia Allamand) leaves a bad taste in the mouths of some Amazonian locals in Eli Roth's "The Green Inferno," a Universal Pictures release.

The Green Inferno

“The Green Inferno” is both a furious, full-stop cannibal horror show and a way for director Eli Roth to ferociously gnaw at meat on the bones he has to pick.
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Class of 1984: “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension”

"Buckaroo" endures because it's impossible for something so bizarre to not be somewhat interesting.

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Class of 1994: “Fear of a Black Hat”

This mockumentary spoof lampoons gangster-rap luminaries but more furiously lambastes those who embraced the genre to pursue a bank account, not a battle cry.
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Class of 1994: “The Hudsucker Proxy”

Few Coen Brothers films spike the vein of pure pleasure so easily — an irresistible romance, unpredictably riotous comedy & heartfelt hosanna to the common man.

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Class of 1993: Demolition Man

Showing the Hollywood sign in flames is not for nothing, for "Demolition Man" torches suppositions that a Stallone-Snipes movie must be brain-dead.
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The Purge

A shotgun marriage between real and fictional fearmongering that invites you to the wedding, lets you decide on which side to sit, and definitely omits a sermon.

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Class of 1993: “Last Action Hero”

Driven less by mammoth ego and more by wild, unchecked id, "Last Action Hero" works as a riotous comedy and a rigorous case study of why we go to the movies.
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Juan of the Dead

A blood-soaked romp through the zombie-riddled streets of Havana, "Juan of the Dead" is a uniquely Cuban film that stands to be an instant Schlock Vault classic.