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New movies this week

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

The gist: A third turn from this collection of celebrity voices, all of whom have magically distracted audiences from the fact they are free, wild animals who are willingly attempting to break back into prison. That's true entertainment. PG

The cast: Voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen and Martin Short.

The buzz: You gotta get the kids to shut up for 90 minutes? You could do worse. "The story in Madagascar 3 is functional, but the antically civilized spirit is infectious," ­Entertainment Weekly says.

Prometheus

The gist: Ridley Scott's latest sci-fi adventure has us so geeked out to return to the Alien universe that we don't even care throngs of people will be disappointed if there's no Giger monster in this one. That's just fine when you've got Charlize Theron, giant spaceships, unidentifiable creatures and a creepy soundtrack. Read a full review of it on Page 40.

The cast: Theron, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba and Logan Marshall-Green.

The buzz: The Scott brand inflates hopes, but don't forget pulpy sci-fi is still pulpy sci-fi. "Prometheus repeats many past glories, and its plot is squishy nonsense," Newsday says. "But its grand sets and intricate effects are dazzling, and in at least one scene, Scott almost manages to top himself." Here's your $10, Mr. Theater Owner.

The Intouchables

The gist: A French movie about a handicapped rich guy and his ex-con caretaker, which is supposed to be based on a true story but feels awfully Hollywood to us. R

The cast: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, and Clotilde Mollet.

The buzz: It's a predictable, enjoyable formula. Beware spiking your blood sugar. "It is possible to summarize the experience of watching The Intouchables in nine words: You will laugh; you will cry; you will cringe," the New York Times says.

— Joshua Gillin [email protected]

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