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Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are two of the three cast members conspicuously having actual fun in “Red 2” – so much fun, in fact, that they each get that actor’s favorite, some mad scenes. The other cast member actually enjoying herself is Mary-Louise Parker, but we’ll get to her.Mirren is playing a sharpshooting secret agent ineptly pretending to be crazy so that she …

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In animation shorthand, “Turbo” is “ ‘Cars’ with snails.” It’s light on the jokes, but cute, with animation so vivid it looks photo-real.It’s another “impossible dream” tale, this time of a motorhead mollusk who has a need for “terrifying, blinding speed.” Theo (Ryan Reynolds) is an auto-racing obsessed garden snail who longs to escape his colony of tomato-munchers. The oc…

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Thank goodness for the return of Kristen Wiig in a starring role. The former “Saturday Night Live” star has not been the lead in a feature since “Bridesmaids” ruled the box office in 2011, and that’s far too long a wait. The film that brings her back to a starring role is “Girl Most Likely,” opening here Friday, and it is no “Bridesmaids.” Silly and generally unbelievable,…

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True story. I was a fan of the first grimy, ultra-violent “Saw” film, and a few years later made a trek to the multiplex to see one of its sequels. By this point, any real creative juice in the limb-loosening series had leaked out, and things grew increasingly foul.The film’s most memorably icky sequence was a long brain surgery episode, and it was so visually revolting th…

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“The Way, Way Back,” opening Friday, covers all the right ground for a coming-of-age comedy, occasionally with more wisdom than it leads you to expect. It follows a familiar, feel-good formula so fluently that you’ll only realize in retrospect how smoothly it moves from predictable to perceptive territory. This marks the directorial debut for Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the Os…

She was jet-lagged from her press tour and going on only four hours of sleep. But in an eight-minute phone interview, Toni Collette still focused on one thing: challenges.“I look to be challenged,” she said, in the upbeat Australian accent that is rarely heard in her diverse performances. “I just don’t ever want to be bored or complacent.”It’s probably safe to say that bor…

“Turbo” (PG): A garden snail named Turbo (voice of Ryan Reynolds) dreams of racing at the Indy 500 in this refreshingly odd and enjoyable 3-D animated fable. Rich in wit, characterization and visual excitement, “Turbo” should more than please kids six and older as well as teens and parents who like comedy.Turbo lives in a Los Angeles backyard and watches car races on TV. H…

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Nearly every Adam Sandler movie seems to provoke hand-wringing over whether he’s living up to his potential. He’s capable of portraying nuanced characters, as he did in “Funny People” and “Punch-Drunk Love,” but he’s clearly happy to settle for his go-to routine of acting like a child and spewing lazy jokes that include his comic holy trinity: bodily fluids, flatulence and…

You just have to love the crazy monster movies that SyFy delivers on a semi-regular basis – you know what you’re getting.“Sharknado,” which will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday, is not the name of some gangified evil-doer or a club where young gals go missing; it is a tornado, several actually, brimming with sharks that hit Los Angeles – to the death and dreadful amputat…

“Unfinished Song” lets us see what Sergeant Troy and Isadora Duncan may have looked like in their Golden Years, with Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave as an aging British couple joined by love and facing an inevitable separation.The blue eyes still pierce and the handsome and beautiful performers still are magnetic on screen, even behind Stamp’s don’t-give-a-damn stubble …

“Dirty Wars” exposes the nation’s most covert military force and its use of night raids, assassinations and drones to kill thousands around the globe with near impunity.That it happens to be the Joint Special Operations Command, which reports directly to the White House and was celebrated for killing Osama bin Laden, makes it no less disturbing.The fast-paced documentary, …

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Some of the finest scenes in the somber, compelling Israeli drama “Fill the Void” involve no dialogue – just silence, stares, heavy breathing and deep thinking.In one such scene, Shira, an 18-year-old living with her parents in an Orthodox Hassidic community in Tel Aviv, is on an elevator with her aunt, a gaggle of children and the man she expects to be married off to.Shir…

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“Today we are canceling the apocalypse!!” says Idris Elba, trying to rally his discouraged troops before the final battle in “Pacific Rim.”If only.Elba is the authority figure in “Pacific Rim,” which means he’s allowed to be older than 35 (he’s actually 40, in life) and tell everybody else what to do, but only if it’s clear in the final scene that he’s nobly marching off t…

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A lone rider, dust-caked and grizzled, approaches a ranch house in the distant reaches of West Texas. Ethan Edwards – played by John Wayne in perhaps his most powerful role – is a former Confederate soldier returning to the home of his brother Aaron three years after the Civil War has ended. Where he has been and what he has done are not clear, but his saddlebags are stuff…

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LOS ANGELES – On a recent installment of TBS’ “Conan” with Conan O’Brien, sidekick Andy Richter was sent to Santa Fe, N.M., for the press junket for “The Lone Ranger,” but stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer had better things to do than talk to him.Perhaps that was just as well, because faster than you can say “hi-yo,” Richter was cozying up to the film’s scene stealer: the…