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'The Expendables 3' has enough killing to be tedious, but not enough for an R: Roeper

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RICHARD ROEPER: How is this love letter to gratuitous violence better for teens than the brilliant ‘Boyhood’?

‘The Trip to Italy’: Getting the jokes is half the fun

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Summer is prime time for movie sequels and vacations, and that’s what makes “The Trip to Italy” a delightful romp: It’s a sequel about a European getaway with an amusingly free-form vibe. Ambling around scenic Italian locales is about all the action there is here. …

‘Are You Here’: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis in their comfort zone

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Every once in a while “Are You Here” strikes comedic gold. It’s not fall-down-funny stuff. It’s more like a character delivers a sly one-liner, and you smile, and then you laugh a little bit, and then you shake your head in admiration. Skip the next …

‘Land Ho!’: It’s hard to warm up to these Iceland visitors

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Geezers take on geysers, but the gorgeous Icelandic countryside wins in “Land Ho!”

A pair of silver-haired retiree brothers-in-law go on a less-than-thrilling adventure at the behest of the flashier of the two, a bawdy former doctor. Mitch nee Leslie (Earl Lynn Nelson), is a …

‘Walking Dead’ actor pushes safer driving in Illinois

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Michael Rooker, also a bad guy in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” returns to the zombie world to encourage drivers to wear seat belts like he does.

Jessica Alba balances real life with her ‘Sin City’ role

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For the mom and business boss, revisiting the ‘drunk stripper girl’ isn’t as simple as one might think.

‘The Giver’: An inconsistent fable just going through the emotions

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For some 18 years, Jeff Bridges tried to make a movie out of “The Giver,” the beloved and critically acclaimed children’s novel by Lois Lowry that has sold 10 million copies and remains a fixture on middle-school reading lists. It’s a tricky thing, adapting a …

New documentary tells the story of Sue the T.rex and the troubles that followed her discovery

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“Dinosaur 13” (so named because as of 1990, Sue was only the 13th T.rex fossil ever found) is at its core a love story — of passionate dinosaur hunters and their love for Sue; of the public’s love for their hometown heroes; of two people brought together in a time of crisis.

Femi Kuti eager to share his father’s story in ‘Finding Fela’

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Femi Kuti is, like his father, a recording artist and an activist. Now he’s a storyteller as well, advising Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney on the documentary “Finding Fela,” about the life of his father, Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti. “I did [my] first …

‘The German Doctor’: Mengele drama plagued by filmmaking ills

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Filmmaker’s intent falls flat in screen adaptation of her 1960 novel.