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Mr. Moviefone reviews 'The Hangover Part II,' 'Kung Fu Panda 2' and 'The Tree of Life'

05/27/2011 by 'Mr. Moviefone' Russ Leatherman

This week at the movies, director Terrence Malick gives us some bark to chew on with his tree of life, it's kung fu times 2. And last time, it was Vegas. This time, the guys are taking the party to Thailand in "The Hangover Part II."

The wolf pack travels overseas for Stu's wedding. And as you might expect, one beer on the beach turns into a wild night none of them can remember- again. Lost somewhere in Bangkok, Stu wakes up with a Mike Tyson tattoo on his face, Alan has no hair, there's a monkey, and the search is on for the bride's missing brother.

The Reel Deal: Did I get ruffied, because I feel like I just saw the same movie twice. What happens in Bangkok should have stayed in Vegas as '"The Hangover Part II" is virtually the same movie, only not original anymore and a whole lot less fun. It's disappointing, I know, but I'm out.

Skadoosh! Another sequel hitting theaters. Yes, Jack Black is back in "Kung Fu Panda 2."

Po is now living his dream as the dragon warrior, protecting the valley of peace alongside the Furious Five. But his new life of awesomeness is threatened by the evil Lord Shen, who plans to use a secret weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu.

The Reel Deal: It'll be panda-monium in theaters as "Kung Fu Panda 2" is better than the first and pan-tastic for the whole family. I'm in.

In limited release, a winner at this year's Cannes film festival, "The Tree of Life."

Celebrated director Terrence Malick gives us a metaphysical drama that contemplates the way of nature, and the way of grace and follows one of three sons from a Midwestern family (played by Sean Penn) who as an adult, is still reeling from the death of a brother and struggling with his faith. Also starring are Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain.

The Reel Deal: Certainly not for the same crowd who are rushing out to see "The Hangover Part II." This is an original, visually stunning, sometimes great, sometimes frustrating movie that you'll certainly be talking about afterwards and for that, I'm in.

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