What if God was an amateur computer programmer, and Earth was just one of the experiments he created using a graphical world-building application? That’s the setup for Magnus Møller, Mette Tange, and Peter Smith’s silly animated short film for Tumblehead. It also explains where that whole flat Earth thing came from.
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Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are back for an all-new adventure in New York City. As his father Joffrey Joffer passes down his crown, he proclaims that now King Akeem must return to Queens in search of a son he didn’t know he had. Premieres 3.5.2021 on Amazon Prime.
(PG-13: Language) Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Kumail Nanjiani, and Tracy Ullman head up the cast of this documentary special to send off the worst year most of us have experienced. It’s from the creators of Black Mirror, so we expect the comedy to be especially dark. Coming to Netflix 12.27.2020.
Melissa McCarthy stars in this comedy about a woman who comes face-to-face with an AI who says that it will destroy the Earth if she can’t prove that humanity is worth saving. James Corden voices the machine, while McCarthy’s husband and writing partner Ben Falcone directed the film. Drops 11.26.2020 on HBO Max.
Borat is back, and he has a daughter. Sacha Baron Cohen’s obnoxious but hilarious character is ready to take on America in 2020 in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” which hits Amazon Prime Video on 10.23.2020.
In an attempt to reconnect with each other, a couple decides to take a vacation from technology and turn off their devices. But it turns out that while they were disconnected from the world, aliens invaded the Earth. This indie sci-fi comedy is just the kind of lighthearted fare we could use these days. Drops 10.2020.
Blumhouse Productions sprinkles a bit of their horror magic on the old body-swapping trope in this dark comedy about an ordinary high school girl (Kathryn Newton) who instead of becoming the next victim of a serial killer (Vince Vaughn), ends up possessing his body. Drops Friday, 11.13.2020.
(PG-13: Language) Writer/Director Graham Parkes’ comedic short film follows a man struggling with self-doubt, and a mysterious persona that continues to beat him down at every turn. But is this guy a figment of his imagination, or can everyone hear the stuff he’s saying?
(PG-13: Language) When a group of teenage troublemakers head into the Scottish Highlands for an orienteering program, they get more than they bargained for, stumbling onto a creepy group of locals, a murder, and drugs along the way. The dark comedy has been winning raves, and is headed to Amazon Prime Video 8.28.2020.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back together in this Amazon Prime comedy series about a team of part-time paranormal investigators who post their sightings to the internet. But as their supernatural experiences become more frequent, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could mean the end of humanity.
Decades after their time-traveling hijinx, Bill and Ted are back for another excellent adventure. Original stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter decide they’re heding to the future to visit their future selves and steal the Wyld Stallions song that will save the universe. Directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest).
After an 11-year hiatus, the hilarious Reno 911! is back. The entire original cast returns for a ride-along with plenty more inappropriate law-enforcement behavior and buffoonery. Premieres 5.4.2020 on streaming network Quibi, with new episodes for 12 days straight.
While shining a new customer’s shoes, a young man discovers the person sitting on his shoe shine bench might be the suspect in a horrible crime. But will his discovery lead to his own peril, or will he eliminate the evidence before he’s found out? Kevin Haefelin’s award-winning short comedy is good for a quick laugh.
(PG-13: Gore, Language) “I call ye forth… the devil… with my name… Greg!” Jason Tostevin’s completely sacrilegious horror-comedy short film introduces us to a group of satanists who basically have no clue of what they’re doing, as they try to call forth the devil’s spawn from a pregnant woman.
This sci-fi comedy from Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) is set in a future where sick and injured people’s loved ones have the option to have their consciousness uploaded into an idyllic digital “afterlife.” So yeah, it’s basically a funny version of Black Mirror. Coming to Amazon Prime Video.
This absurd dark comedy follows a couple who move into a low rent apartment, only to find wacked-out cult members start breaking in to commit ritualistic suicides. If that doesn’t sound funny to you, think again – that’s Taika Waititi as the cult leader, accompanied by an excellent comedic ensemble cast.
Wes Anderson does what he does best, telling intricately woven tales of unusual people, portrayed by a star-studded cast, and setting them into fastidiously-arranged living paintings. The French Dispatch follows a series of stories surrounding the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional French city.
Fans of The Big Lebowski will be thrilled to see the return of John Turturro’s purple-clad ball licker Jesus Quintana. Turturro wrote and directed this spin-off movie which sends The Jesus a wild journey with a quirky crew of cohorts. The star-studded flick hits theaters and on-demand digital on 3/6/20.
(PG-13: Language) In this action comedy, Issa Rae & Kumail Nanjiani star as a couple having the perfect night, but inadvertently stumble into a murder scene. After becoming accused of the crime, they must work to find the real killer and clear their names. It kind of looks like Stuber meets Queen and Slim.
(PG-13: Language) “Do you have any work gloves or anything? This is like a huge job.” A loan shark’s hitman takes a debtor out to the middle of nowhere, and demands that he dig his own grave. But fulfilling this TV and movie trope isn’t as easy as it sounds in Kirk Larsen’s darkly comedic short film.
Elijah Wood sports a very bad haircut as he portrays a man who reunites with his mysterious and long-lost father, only to find out that the reason his Dad wants to get together is truly insidious. New Zealand filmmaker Ant Timpson’s twisted horror flick is getting raves from the critics.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell star in this dark comedy about a couple who struggle with their relationship after an avalanche nearly crushes them during a family ski vacation. This remake of the French film Force Majeure looks like a good way to celebrate anti-Valentine’s day 2020.
In Shawn Levy’s upcoming adventure comedy, Ryan Reynolds stars as a mild-mannered bank teller who figures out that he’s actually an NPC in a giant open-world video game. After he accidentally stumbles into a heroic situation, he goes from background player to leading man.
(PG-13: Language) Hugh Laurie stars in this new sci-fi comedy from the creator of Veep. It follows the wacky misadventures of an interstellar cruise ship and its guests. It’s like The Orville meets The Love Boat, though Captain Stubing is totally over it. Coming to HBO January 2020.
After terrifying viewers with its earlier trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, Paramount Pictures hopes audiences will forgive and forget, revamping the CG animated video game character with bigger eyes and fewer teeth this time around. Hopefully, the movie will be entertaining after all of the hubbub.
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