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'City of Bones' not worth visiting

'City of Bones' not worth visiting

Lilly Collins as Clary studies the demon-fighting arts and sciences under Jared Harris as Hodge Starkweather in a scene from "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

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'City of Bones' not worth visiting

'City of Bones' not worth visiting

Lily Collins with Jamie Campbell Bower in "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," in which Collins' character, Clary, discovers she descends from warriors who protect the world from demons.

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'Elysium' is visual treat that falters

'Elysium' is visual treat that falters

Of all the movie villains we've met lately, few are stranger than Delacourt, Jodie Foster's evil, white-blond, power-suited and power-hungry defense official in "Elysium," the much-awaited but ultimately somewhat disappointing new film from director Neill Blomkamp.

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'Wolverine' slashes and stumbles

'Wolverine' slashes and stumbles

Rila Fukushima, who plays Yukio, and Hugh Jackman in a scene from "The Wolverine."

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'Wolverine' slashes and stumbles

'Wolverine' slashes and stumbles

Hugh Jackman returns to his famed "X-Men" role, but this time in a more character-driven action film, the director says. The movie, set in Japan, falters with a predictable third act.

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New 'Lone Ranger' is an epic fail

New 'Lone Ranger' is an epic fail

Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger are burdened with a bloated, incoherent would-be epic. Each provide moments of wit, but they're just not enough.

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New 'Lone Ranger' is an epic fail

New 'Lone Ranger' is an epic fail

The story of the Lone Ranger has been told many times, on radio, in adventure novels, a TV series and several unsuccessful films. Surely it has never been given such a strange rendition as in the latest failed movie adaptation. The film is a bloated, incoherent would-be epic that stumbles li…

July 04, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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'Despicable 2' makes much of its Minions

'Despicable 2' makes much of its Minions

"Despicable Me 2" is a gag-filled delight from start-to-finish. It's got more laughs in its first five minutes - from its larynx-bending voice actors, its loopy, goofy design and its milling, mewling Minions - than "Monsters University" managed over its entire length.

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New on DVD

New on DVD

Tina Fey portrays Portia Nathan, a college admissions officer, and Nat Wolff stars as high school student Jeremiah Balakian in Paul Weitz's "Admission."

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New on DVD

New on DVD

"Admission" (PG-13, 110 minutes, Universal): In this off-kilter charmer, Jeremiah Balakian (played by Nat Wolff) is a high-school underachiever with a good head on his shoulders but an inconsistent report card. Jeremiah's earnest principal, John Pressman (Paul Rudd), is so determined to get …

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No. 5: 'Lone Ranger' with $11.1 million (last week No. 2)

No. 5: 'Lone Ranger' with $11.1 million (last week No. 2)

No. 5: 'Lone Ranger' with $11.1 million (last week No. 2) -- Armie Hammer plays the Lone Ranger as an accident-prone tenderfoot, although he looks pretty competent here.

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No. 5: 'Despicable Me 2' with $10.4 million (last week No. 3)

No. 5: 'Despicable Me 2' with $10.4 million (last week No. 3)

No. 5: 'Despicable Me 2' with $10.4 million (last week No. 3) -- Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, has a talk with his three "leeeeeetle goils" in "Despicable Me 2."

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'We Steal Secrets' is a cyberthriller, sure - but with WikiLeaks' real-world impact

A real-life cyberthriller with real-life consequences, Alex Gibney's "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" is a riveting and revelatory documentary that plays out on the ground in Melbourne, London, Baghdad, Stockholm, Reykjavík, and Washington - and everywhere in the thrumming realms o…

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Fast-paced 'WWZ' never eases back

Fast-paced 'WWZ' never eases back

"World War Z" promised to be some sort of ultimate zombie movie experience, and it's hard to call it that. But the first 25 minutes or so of this "Contagion"-meets-"28 Days Later" thriller will leave you breathless.

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No. 3: 'World War Z' with $29.8 million (last week No. 2)

No. 3: 'World War Z' with $29.8 million (last week No. 2)

No. 3: 'World War Z' with $29.8 million (last week No. 2) -- In World War Z, Brad Pitt is Gerry Lane, whose special skills are needed to combat a zombie onslaught. That helps him to save his family, including Sterling Jerins as his daughter, Constance, and Mireille Enos as his wife, Karin.

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'Monsters University' gets a passing grade

'Monsters University' gets a passing grade

Mike Wazowski, voiced by Billy Crystal, arrives on the "Monsters University" campus eager to excel in the prestigious and competitive Scare Program.

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No. 7: 'World War Z' with $9.4 million (last week No. 5)

No. 7: 'World War Z' with $9.4 million (last week No. 5)

No. 7: 'World War Z' with $9.4 million (last week No. 5) -- The undead scale walls as they seek to invade Israel in World War Z. The living dead are depicted as fast-moving, twitchy and just scary enough. The film rarely devolves into a "mow them down" video game.

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'Hava Nagila' a lively portrait of the Jewish song

'Hava Nagila' a lively portrait of the Jewish song

"Hava Nagila (The Movie)" traces the significant 150-year history of the ubiquitous Jewish song, perhaps best known as the hora-accompanied staple of bar mitzvahs and weddings.

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'Hava Nagila' a lively portrait of the Jewish song

'Hava Nagila' a lively portrait of the Jewish song

The short and sweet documentary "Hava Nagila (The Movie)" is a lively portrait of what is arguably the most ubiquitous Jewish song or, as one observer wryly puts it, "the kudzu of Jewish music."

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'Monsters University' gets a passing grade

'Monsters University' gets a passing grade

In Pixar's "Monsters University," a prequel to 2001 "Monsters, Inc.," our expert "scarers" to be - the wisecracking pipsqueak Mike Wazowski and the burly James B. Sullivan - are college freshmen with high aspirations.

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