This Is 40

(R) ★★★☆☆

In the latest film from Judd Apatow, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) reprise their roles from Knocked Up. They’ve reached age 40; there are money problems; Pete’s label is on the verge of insolvency; their sex life has cooled; Debbie becomes pregnant again. Rudd and Mann are incredibly skilled comedic actors, and there’s a lot to like here, with Albert Brooks and John Lithgow supporting to boot. But Apatow hesitates going deep enough, starting out well and bravely, and then settling for less.

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By Jarret Keene

Step into a show by Pet Tigers and you enter the realm of the keytar. It’s that ’80s-era keyboard you wear around your neck like a guitar. With the synthpop revival in full swing, Vegas bands such as Big Friendly Corporation and Pet Tigers have reintroduced—and added a gritty edge to—the Miami Vice sound. The Tigers, who formed in ’09 and recently signed with Las Vegas-based label SquidHat Records, use the synthesizer on a strap more than most. And the trio’s Jan. 5 Beauty Bar show offers a chance to see a surf-pop group with a synth twist.

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