Sandy Kenyon reviews 'Deadpool,' 'Zoolander 2'

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Entertainment reporter Sandy Kenyon has the details. (WABC)

This weekend's new movies might not fit the bill for Valentine's Day romance, but at least two of them are providing laughter, and even a little action.

But are "Deadpool" and "Zoolander 2" worth braving the arctic chill?

Before the official opening, the latest from Marvel Studios had already earned more than $12.5 million at screenings Thursday night, so it is going to do well whether it's good or not. A cross between a comedy and action movie, it's amusing about half of the time.

Deadpool is a little rougher around the edges than most superheroes, and some will delight in all of the reasons why the film is rated R. Suffice it is to say the audience is restricted not only for the violence, and there is plenty of that, but the R also stands for raunchy.

Ryan Reynolds stars as a guy who signs on for a cancer cure that leaves him disfigured but also invincible: A mutant who rooms with a blind woman played by Leslie Uggams.

Fans of superhero movies will delight at inside jokes and laughs at the expense of characters they know and love; the lines delivered with a wink and a nod.

The opening credits make fun of the way Hollywood folk honor each other in a way that is quite clever.

And for those who like their gags on the sophomoric side, there's another choice in theaters now.

The appeal of the original "Zoolander" movie, about two male models played by Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller, is difficult enough to understand, though fans have long wanted them to make a sequel.

Derek Zoolander's comeback means aligning with a cop played by Penelope Cruz to try and figure out who killed Justin Bieber and fight a threat posed by Will Ferrell's Mugatu.

"Zoolander 2" has earned some of the worst reviews of the year, and most critics really dislike this movie. But don't tell that to fans who will find it fun and in tune with the spirit of the original.
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