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‘Toy Story 3’ delivers, mostly, on high expectations

This is what happens when you’re good at your job: Everyone expects excellence from you, and anything even slightly short of that feels like a letdown.

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Innocence lacking in ‘Karate Kid’ remake

Let’s put the shortcomings of the new “Karate Kid” in perspective.

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'Get Him to the Greek' a terrifically wild romp

Finally this summer, a movie that lives up to its hype. "Get Him to the Greek" is a complete blast, a much-needed breath of fresh air - well, as much fresh air as you can get in crowded clubs, packed rock shows and trashed hotel suites...

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Review: "Prince of Persia"

“Prince of Persia” is a satisfying big-budget contradiction — a breath of retro fresh air — from a Hollywood gone nuts over 3-D and Roman numerals. That it’s good, given its very unpromising trailer and that it’s based on a video game, makes it all the more surprising.

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Review: "Shrek Forever After"

The magic is gone. Like its watermelon-headed hero, “Shrek Forever After” has the midlife blahs. The fourth and final chapter finds Shrek dispirited by the routine of family life with Fiona and their belching, pooping triplets. He yearns for ye goode olde days when he was ferocious and feared...

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'Robin Hood' favors history over mirth

Here, at last, is Ridley Scott’s “Russell Hood: Prince of Prequels,” a dark and brawny version of the Robin Hood legend that anchors itself in English history and loses some of the merriment in the process...

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Review: ‘Iron Man 2’ doesn’t soar quite so high

The substance of the original “Iron Man,” the brain and the soul that set it apart from the typical seasonal fare and made it one of the best films of 2008, have been blown to bits along with everything else in this movie...

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Review: Swedish 'Tattoo' leaves indelible mark

Those who have yet to read the international mega-seller — and those who have — can take heart not only that the film adaptation is exceptionally faithful to the late Larsson’s book, but also that the deftly compressed mystery boasts an actress who is the walking, talking embodiment of the strange creature that is Lisbeth...

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‘Oceans’ brings vastness of sea up close

This stunningly beautiful documentary is the second in a series from the new Disneynature label, which gave us “Earth” exactly one year ago on Earth Day. Whereas that film followed wildlife across the globe, “Oceans” takes a plunge deep into its waters, with jaw-dropping results...

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Hilarious superhero parody offers a real kick

The filmmakers behind Hollywood's latest superhero flick have declared war on family values. "Kick-Ass" is bad news for lovers of all that is gentle and wholesome. But it's great news for fans itching to laugh dementedly as a little girl in a neon purple wig cusses like Tony Soprano and fires kill shots to the heads of many bad guys...

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'The Runaways' a solid but uninsightful biopic

"The Runaways," chronicling the rise and fall of Joan Jett's first band, easily could have degenerated into a movie-length music video, with Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning merely glam-rock poseurs...

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'Clash of the Titans' remake reliant on digital and 3D tech

The latest special effects make for a sometimes fun ride with digital eagles, giant scorpions, wraiths and a Kraken. But they can't make up for the silly, archetypal story...

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‘Dragon’ flies high

What a refreshing change “How to Train Your Dragon” brings to the cartoon world: The creatures are not all that cute, and they do not speak a word.

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'White Ribbon' weaves dread and mystery around German village

“The White Ribbon” suggests that totalitarianism, terrorism and intolerance sprouted from the ignorance, child abuse, superstition, religious hypocrisy and class divide of a town where the locals act out a morality play...

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Review: ‘Green Zone’ is a failure of intelligence

All the war-zone authenticity in the Arab world cannot salvage the silly Hollywood plot at the heart of “Green Zone,” Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass’ first collaboration outside the Jason Bourne realm...