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Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back for “22 Jump Street”. Is this a rare comedy sequel that outdoes the original or a “Hangover Part II” sized miss?

The Good: Fear not. “22 Jump Street” is very good. Tatum and Hill are dynamite. The chemistry they have on screen is absolutely hilarious and fans of the first film will undoubtedly love them for the second go around. There are a lot of “in” jokes in this one, specifically on movie sequels that do the same thing all over again. It’s quite funny to see them poke fun at that idea, although there’s a few too many of those for my liking.

I really enjoyed Ice Cube in this one. He has a few particularly memorable scenes and easily the best supporting character of the bunch in this film.

Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller already had one hit on their hands in 2014 with “The Lego Movie”. And that irreverent humor shows up again here and once again, they are mostly spot on. They are quickly rising near the top of my list of favorite comedy directors out there, bar none.

The Bad: The film mostly hits its mark, but there are a few moments where the humor seems a little too forced. And some of the supporting characters, while they have their moments, don’t really stand out to me. The villains all seemed, just kind of rushed into the film as a matter of necessity and were missed opportunities to mine for more comedic gold.

The Final Word: I enjoyed “22 Jump Street” a lot. And out of the big comedies so far this summer, this is my favorite ahead of “Neighbors”. Fans of the original will love the sequel. And while it won’t win over any new converts, its target audience will find this film to be an absolute hoot.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

In promoting his latest film “This is the End”, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg revealed they have been asked multiple times by Naughty Dog. Why? To write the “Uncharted” movie script of course! Both declined, saying they couldn’t figure out a way to make it different than Indiana Jones. At one point, an Uncharted film was close with Mark Wahlberg set to star, but that fell through.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Warner Brothers is probably celebrating today. Director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan teamed up for a new Superman film “Man of Steel”. And audiences turned out in droves, earning $113.1 million and $125.1 million if you include the Thursday night shows. Both numbers top the previous June record of $110 million set by “Toy Story 3”. The film now has earned more than double of “Superman Returns” total domestic take of $200.1 million already.

“This is the End”, the comedy starring Seth Rogen, James Franco and a host of others earned $32.8 million since opening on Wednesday.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

This is a little surprising. “Kung Fu Panda 2” was a disappointment at the box office. But that isn’t stopping DreamWorks from moving up “Kung Fu Panda 3” to Dec. 23, 2015. Original voice cast Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross are expected to be back. And now reports are that Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen and Rebel Wilson are joining them. The second film’s director is back, which worries me. The second film played out like a less funny rehash of the first film, kind of like “The Hangover Part II”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Before a plethora of movies hits theaters on Christmas Day, three new movies get released this weekend. Can any unseat Peter Jackson or will “The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey’ have a “Return of the King” weekend.

Opening a movie before Christmas probably doesn’t seem like a good idea. But the good news is those movies are almost guaranteed to have legs through the next week. That being said the film that will do the best of any new movie is “Jack Reacher” starring Tom Cruise. Cruise in an action role seems like solid money once again, thanks to the surprising success of “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”. This, though based on some popular novels, won’t have the same name recognition. Still, it should open well and be a solid choice for a couple days.

Opening weekend: $20-25 million

Judd Apatow returns with a sort of sequel to “Knocked Up” with “This is 40” which brings back Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s characters from that film. Its reviews aren’t great and “Funny People” rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Still, this one should have solid legs.

Opening weekend: $15-20 million

The final new movie to be released is “The Guilt Trip” starring Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand. I doubt Rogen’s fans want to see him in a PG-13 film and I’m not sure Streisand fans will flock out to see this one opening weekend.

Opening weekend: $7-12 million

Check back early next week for a special Christmas edition of the Box Office Battle!

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

In honor of 4/20, here are some picks of my favorite stoner films (in no particular order):

Dazed and Confused

For me at least, the stoner movie genre doesn’t get any funnier than this. Featuring Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich and Parker Posey before they were stars, this is is a hilarious film set in the 70s.

Harold and Kumar movies

I’m not in love with them as much as everyone else seems to be. But, they’re somewhat funny and entertaining.

Pineapple Express

I actually liked this film. Much better than James Franco’s other misguided attempt at the genre with “Your Highness”. Also starring Seth Rogen, this film is forgettable, but fun.

The Big Lebowski

How could this film not be on any top stoner movie list?

Actually, that’s about it for me. Not a huge fan of the genre. Though I’m guessing that’s probably because…well…I don’t actually smoke.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.