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AMERICAN ULTRA. 2.5 stars. Stoner Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) is Bourne again when his deeply buried training as a CIA agent is activated. He becomes a killing machine when his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart) is kidnapped by a rogue agent (Topher Grace). The romance is played straight, which doesn't work when the violence is played for laughs. 1 hr. 37 R (violence) Gary Thompson AMY. 4 stars. An extraordinary documentary about Amy Winehouse, the British singer who died in 2011, at age 27, a victim of too much drink, too many drugs and too much fame. Soul-stirring, heartbreaking, the film uses a trove of archival film, much of it shot on smart phones by friends, lovers, bandmates,...

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