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17 Again (2009)

Second-chance fantasy that, through the agency of a bewhiskered supernatural school janitor, sends the middle-age-crazy hero not back in time, but back in age, back to the high school of his youth, so that he must fend off the incestuous flirtations of his teenage daughter and make age-inappropriate advances to ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

At Any Price (2013)

Zac Efron down on the farm! Dennis Quaid in the heartland! Cars! Guns! Family! Drama! (R)

None stars

Baywatch (2017)

Lower what little expectation you have going in and you’ll still be disappointed. How does powerlifting two refrigerators and flipping tractor tires make one a better lifeguard? Not sure, but having that question cross my mind provided the only laugh in this otherwise deadening trip to the multiplex. Note to ... (R)

0.0 starsScott Marks

Charlie St. Cloud (2010)

Sentimental, even goopy, ghost story about a promising young yachtsman whose near-death car wreck leaves him with the ability to See Dead People, most particularly and regularly, every day at sunset for a game of catch, the adoring younger brother who perished in the passenger seat. (The first time he’s ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Dirty Grandpa (2016)

Johnny Knoxville did it better. A career military nutjob (Robert De Niro) observes his future granddaughter-in-law texting at his wife’s funeral and decides a Hangover-style road trip is just what his uptight grandson (Zac Efron) needs to derail the pending nuptials. The script rat-a-tats like a ... (R)

0.0 starsScott Marks

Dr. Seuss's The Lorax (2012)

Color Dr. Seuss’s “earth-friendly” children’s book gloomy green and Illumination Entertainment’s animated counterpart a blinding shade of pestled pastel. (Consider sporting two pair of 3-D specs.) The ecological message holds firm, only this time our young hero does it all to impress a chick. Throwaway gags (Nemo can be found ... (NR)

1.0 starsScott Marks

The Greatest Showman (2017)

Director Michael Gracey sprinkles age-defying pixie dust all over song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman to produce a modern musical version of the PT Barnum story that transforms the Great American Flimflammer into Saint Circus, patron of the outcast and unwanted (but also profitable). It turns out that rounding up freaks and ... (PG)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

The Greatest Showman Sing-A-Long (2017)

Director Michael Gracey sprinkles age-defying pixie dust all over song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman to produce a modern musical version of the PT Barnum story that transforms the Great American Flimflammer into Saint Circus, patron of the outcast and unwanted (but also profitable). It turns out that rounding up freaks and ... (PG)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)

Candy-colored sequel to two Disney Channel television movies with which the viewer is presumed to be conversant. (In what way, you might have to wonder, did Gabriella change East High forever? And what’s the deal between Troy and Rocket Man?) Evidently intended as an anti-anxiety pill for growing tweens, it ... (G)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

The Lucky One (2012)

A pretty Marine (Zac Efron) returns from un-pretty service in Iraq to seek out the pretty blonde (Taylor Schilling), whose pretty photo he felt was his lucky charm in combat. In pretty Dixie, she is the widow of another Marine, with a pretty son and a still-pretty mom (Blythe Danner). ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsDavid Elliott

Me and Orson Welles (2009)

Filmmaker Richard Linklater fictionalizes, mythologizes, the Mercury Theatre’s mounting of a modern-dress Julius Caesar in 1937, the titular “me” being a stagestruck high-schooler who in one week lands a small speaking and singing part in the Broadway production, falls head over heels for the company secretary, sees her stolen out ... (PG-13)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

Ditzy dipsomaniacs (Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick) bucking for a free Hawaiian vacation fill the need of the titular siblings (Adam Devine, whose performance fails to live up to his last name, and Zac Efron). The laughs never start as these four knotheads, whittled from the same block of wood, ... (R)

0.0 starsScott Marks

Neighbors (2014)

Quite possibly the most conventional and conservative comedy featuring two straight dudes engaged in a dildo swordfight you'll see all year. Director Nicholas Stoller's (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) story of a ludicrous "battle" between new parents (Seth Rogen and an uncommitted Rose Byrne) and the freshly transplanted fraternity next door lets ... (R)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

For an 90-minute farce about the battle between an upwardly mobile young family (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) and the principled sisters next door who refuse to hold off partying during a 30-day escrow because partying is their whole darn raison d’etre — they started the thing because regular sororities ... (R)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

The Paperboy (2012)

Taken for what it is — and that includes a final third that comes with its own unique set of loopy, nonlinear terms — this followup from Precious writer-director Lee Daniels does just fine as a smutty sex-and-servitude potboiler that never bores. The 1969 murder of a small-town sheriff in ... (R)

2.0 starsScott Marks

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