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This photo provided by Anheuser-Busch shows actress Helen Mirren in a Budweiser ad for Super Bowl 50. In the ad, Mirren delivers a lecture about drunk driving and why it’s a terrible idea. (Anheuser-Busch via AP)

But this year, amplifying a trend seen the past few years, advertisers seem to be playing it extra safe. And that might mean a repeat of last year’s “Somber Bowl,” when viewers were turned off by too-serious ads.


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In this image released by Disney shows a scene from, "The Finest Hours," a heroic action-thriller based on the true story of the most daring rescue in the history of the Coast Guard. (Disney via AP)

“The Finest Hours” provides more working-class New Englanders bobbing in churning nor’easter currents for those who have been patiently waiting for another wave to catch since 2000’s “The Perfect Storm.” Here again is that formula of maritime adventure and Massachusetts accents (some believable, some that sink).


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This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows character Mei Mei, voiced by Kate Hudson performing a ribbon dance in a scene from the animated film, "Kung Fu Panda 3." The film releases in U.S. theaters on Jan. 29, 2016. (DreamWorks Animation via AP)

And the evocative DreamWorks Animation visuals are accompanied by just enough heart, witty dialogue and kid-friendly humor — anything about gorging on dumplings, for example — to make this an all-around extremely satisfying third installment in the popular series. Like a well-made dumpling, it’s not too heavy but not too light, has the right amount of spice, and leaves one with some appetite for the next time.


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This image provided by the Sundance Institute shows people praying at a church in a scene from the documentary film, "Newton,"  directed by Kim. A. Snyder. The film is included in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The festival kicked off Jan. 21 and runs through Jan. 31. (MotoFilms/Sundance Institute via AP)

“I don’t really have an agenda here other than to render some truthful trajectory of what aftermath looks like as a town,” Snyder told The Associated Press before the Festival. “That whole first 7 or 8 months, I didn’t feel any compulsion to try to get in touch with the families, and then over time I started to learn more holistically about the community and I started a process of trust building.”


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In “Morris From America,” Chad Hartigan, who came to Sundance previously with “This Is Martin Bonner,” avoids both the clichés and banalities of this tired genre and has instead made something entirely fresh. This big-hearted film about that strange time in life when adolescents dip their toes into reckless teenager-dom is not to be missed.


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