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  • 'Now You See Me 2' is more slight than sleight of hand

    'Now You See Me 2' is more slight than sleight of hand

    “Now You See Me 2" is more fun than "Now You See Me," which says something, I guess. It fits snugly in the long list of easygoing nothings, the narrative equivalent of a Fruit Roll-Up, designed to be forgotten in as many minutes as it took to watch. The cast remains the chief reason it squeaks...

  • 'Maggie's Plan,' a sericomic take on messing with fate

    'Maggie's Plan,' a sericomic take on messing with fate

    Rebecca Miller, the writer and director of "Maggie’s Plan” seems to have a sixth sense for knowing just what her audience might like. If you’re interested in a dramedy starring Greta Gerwig about a young, single woman looking to become a mother, chances are the cameo from riot grrl Kathleen Hanna...

  • Andy Samberg is perfectly dim in the pop pastiche 'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping'

    Andy Samberg is perfectly dim in the pop pastiche 'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping'

    The high notes arrive early on in “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” a far-from-subtle but frequently inspired sendup of celebrity self-absorption from the Lonely Island trio — those whip-smart boys-to-men who gave us “Like a Boss,” “I’m on a Boat” and other viral master classes in musical satire...

  • 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' overshadowed by noise and sludge

    'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' overshadowed by noise and sludge

    If you’re of a certain age (born in the early ’80s), the best part of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” comes after the movie is over, when the credits morph into the bright, cartoon style of the TV show we knew and loved, soundtracked to that indelible theme song. Sing it with...

  • 'Me Before You' puts emoting before acting

    'Me Before You' puts emoting before acting

    In many cases there's no sound defense for works of fiction that make millions weep. If there were, "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Miss Saigon" would be, in some way, defensible. This brings us to "Me Before You," written by ex-journalist Jojo Moyes. Moyes came to her 2012 romance between...

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