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'New Year's Eve' drops the ball on good storytelling

'New Year's Eve' drops the ball on good storytelling

Let's hope your New Year's Eve is better than the movie titled "New Year's Eve." This hectic ensemble comedy has so many interwoven story lines and exudes so much synthetic good cheer that it leaves you feeling exhausted long before midnight strikes.

Having put audiences through a similar exercise in "Valentine's Day" in 2010, director Garry Marshall now exploits another holiday. Both pictures boast such large all-star casts that you should be issued a score card upon entering the theater.

It's initially amusing to see so many familiar faces in and around Times Square, but eventually it's demoralizing to see major actors giving minor...