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June 14. 2013 11:10AM
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AFTER EARTH — Truth be told, this wouldn’t exist had Will Smith not cooked it up as yet another star vehicle for his son, Jaden. But because buying your kid a movie credit is a tradition that dates to the beginnings of Hollywood, you can’t hold that against it. This sci-fi adventure about a boy who must become a man to save himself and his wounded-warrior father on a hostile world is a corny, generally humorless M. Night Shyamalan picture without his trademark twists. PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and disturbing images. 100 mins. Star and a half.


EPIC — Derivative as all get out and plainly concocted by a committee, “Epic” this children’s animated film is more entertaining and emotional than it has any right to be. Characters make sacrifices and die, miss their parents and mourn. And we’re touched. At least a little. PG for mild action, some scary images and brief rude language. 102 mins. Two and a half stars.


FAST & FURIOUS 6 — Clearly, nobody ever told the makers of the “Fast & Furious” franchise that less is more. More is ALWAYS more — and so regular fans will be delighted with this latest installment, which again ups the ante with the cars, the crazy stunts, the crashes and the fights. Vin Diesel’s Dom, now wealthy and living the good life, is lured back into action by his erstwhile nemesis, the federal agent Hobbs (the absurdly buff Dwayne Johnson). PG-13 for intense violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language. 130 mins. Two stars


THE GREAT GATSBY — Jazzy, fizzy and often fun, Baz Luhrmann’s “Pretty Good Gatsby” takes F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great American Novel out for a sometimes dazzling, always irreverent spin. PG-13 for violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language. 143 mins. Three stars


THE HANGOVER PART III — “Daring” isn’t a word you would use very much to describe 2011’s “The Hangover Part II,” the disappointingly lazy, beat-for-beat rehash of the wild and wildly successful original “Hangover” from 2009. And yet, here we are with part three, which runs a different sort of risk by going to darker and more dangerous places. R for pervasive language, sexual references, violence and drug content and brief graphic nudity. 100 mins. Three stars


THE INTERNSHIP — There’s an unadulterated joy in the reteaming of those fast-talking “Wedding Crashers” Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, a wholesome novelty in their playing laid-off salesmen forced to do what millions of Americans have had to do in the past six years: reinvent themselves. PG-13 for sexuality, crude humor, partying and language. 118 mins. Three stars


IRON MAN 3 — The finale to this trilogy of Marvel marvels, is the jokiest and cutest of them all. Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) gets a kiddie sidekick, for Pete’s sake. PG-13 for intense sci-fi action and violence and brief suggestive content. 130 mins. Two and a half stars


NOW YOU SEE ME — Four professional illusionists are called together by a mysterious leader. Jesse Eisenberg is the cocky sleight-of-hand wizard. Isla Fisher is an escape artist. Woody Harrelson is a wise-cracking hypnotist, and Dave Franco (yes, brother of James) a talented street magician. When the team seemingly robs a Paris bank in real time during a magic show in Las Vegas, it catches the attention of a rough-edged FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo), partnered by a winsome French Interpol agent oddly named Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent.) PG-13 for language, action and sexual content. 116 mins. Two and a half stars


THE PURGE — Characters are frequently urged to “release the beast” in this high-concept home-invasion shocker set in a future where one night a year, all crime is legal. But what should be a clammy exercise in claustrophobic, queasy tension becomes an underpowered compendium of over-familiar scare tactics and sledgehammer-subtle social satire. 85 mins. R for strong disturbing violence and some language. Two stars.


STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS — Like fan-boy fiction on a $185 million budget, director J.J. Abrams’ film is reverential, faithful and steeped in “Trek” mythology. It’s also an excessively derivative what-if rehash of themes and interactions that came before, most of the characters lesser copies and even caricatures of the originals. PG-13 for intense sci-fi action and violence. 132 mins. Two stars




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