Sandy Kenyon reviews 'Popstar,' 'Me Before You'

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Sandy Kenyon reporting

Several new movies are hitting theaters this weekend, but are they worth your time and money?

If reviews were gleamed from trailers, then Andy Samberg might get plenty of praise for playing a "Popstar." But there are only enough laughs in the 90-minute film to fill a five-minute skit on "Saturday Night Live," which isn't nearly enough to justify the cost of a movie ticket.

Echoes of Justin Bieber and the Beastie Boys can be heard in the tale of this one-time member of a boy band called the Style Boyz who has gone solo as a dim-witted rapper now known as Connor4Real.

Real music industry heavyweights appear to lend credibility to the movie, but by the time Seal shows up to sing and gets attacked by wolves, you'll be counting the minutes until it's over.

What could have been a satire of mindless music makers becomes a pointless parody.

The other film -- "Me Before You" -- is what used to be called a weeper. It is much more enjoyable than expected, and the tale of a rich young man struck down in his prime who forms a bond with his caregiver will win you over.

Emilia Clarke, best known for "Game of Thrones," is radiant, and the film captivates audiences.

Another big-name film is back in theaters this weekend, with Tyler Perry playing a mad scientist in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows." There's no review here, but after five previous films, you probably know by now if TMNT is for you and your kids.
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