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New movies this week

The Hangover Part III

The gist: A third and hopefully final film that ditches the formula to drop the Wolfpack into a drudgy action caper that has very little to do with the spirit of the series. Kind of like every Die Hard movie made after the first one. R

The cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Mike Epps, Melissa McCarthy, Sasha Barrese and John Goodman.

The buzz: These aren't the boys you're looking for. "The first Hangover was good dirty fun; the second was dirtier, and less fun. But the third? It's just a chore — and no hair of the dog is going to make it any easier to bear," the Newark Star-Ledger says.

Epic

The gist: A big-budget cartoon about good guys fighting bad guys. Wait, they aren't called cartoons anymore, they're called 3D CG-animated adventures. Anyway, there's some fights and some comic relief and some eco-friendly chatting and probably even some light romance, but not enough to make the kids too squeamish. PG

The cast: Voices of Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis and Steven Tyler.

The buzz: Pretty generic, but what do you want? It's practically summer. "The story lacks the specialness of a Pixar movie — it retreads the same eco-battle archetypes as FernGully and Avatar — but it's a perfectly appealing explosion of color for a lazy summer day," Entertainment Weekly says.

Fast & Furious 6

The gist: Somewhere along the line Justin Lin made an entire career out of slow-motion car chases and explosions. Remember when Vin Diesel was too good to make the first sequel? Yeah, that was rich. PG-13

The cast: Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Luke Evans and Gina Carano

The buzz: Would you believe, this one is getting great reviews for just being itself, along with its surprising feelgood, multiethnic panel of young stars? It's almost like that's the message of the movies. "True, the movie doesn't know when or how to put the brakes on. It does, however, understand precisely what it is," the L.A. Times says.

At Any Price

The gist: A father wants his son to take over the family farm, but he would rather be a professional race car driver making millions instead of living off government subsidies before inevitably selling off his land to corporate agriculture. Geez, kids these days. R

The cast: Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, Clancy Brown and Maika Monroe.

The buzz: Wait, this isn't about racing at all. "In the end, At Any Price strikes a dark, even ghastly tone, and rather suddenly it becomes a cynical commentary on small-town hypocrisy and American business. It's hard to tell whether that was the intention," Newsday says.

From Up on Poppy Hill

The gist: An animated drama from Studio Ghibli about two high schoolers falling in love in 1963 Yokohama, as the country prepares for the 1964 Olympics. Hayao Miyazaki wrote and his son Goro Miyazaki directed. PG

The cast: Voices of Japanese actors, or if you're watching the English-dubbed version, Sarah Bolger, Isabelle Fuhrman, Anton Yelchin, Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson, Alex Wolff and Aubrey Plaza.

The buzz: Not your typical Miyazaki production, because it plays the story straight instead of fantastical, but a solid effort all around. "The jury's still out on whether Goro Miyazaki can sustain his father's legacy as storyteller, though with its beautiful visuals and songs, Poppy Hill finds a deserving, if modest, place among its Studio Ghibli peers," Variety says.

— Joshua Gillin [email protected]

New movies this week

The Hangover Part III

The gist: A third and hopefully final film that ditches the formula to drop the Wolfpack into a drudgy action caper that has very little to do with the spirit of the series. Kind of like every Die Hard movie made after the first one. R

The cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Mike Epps, Melissa McCarthy, Sasha Barrese and John Goodman.

The buzz: These aren't the boys you're looking for. "The first Hangover was good dirty fun; the second was dirtier, and less fun. But the third? It's just a chore — and no hair of the dog is going to make it any easier to bear," the Newark Star-Ledger says.

Epic

The gist: A big-budget cartoon about good guys fighting bad guys. Wait, they aren't called cartoons anymore, they're called 3D CG-animated adventures. Anyway, there's some fights and some comic relief and some eco-friendly chatting and probably even some light romance, but not enough to make the kids too squeamish. PG

The cast: Voices of Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis and Steven Tyler.

The buzz: Pretty generic, but what do you want? It's practically summer. "The story lacks the specialness of a Pixar movie — it retreads the same eco-battle archetypes as FernGully and Avatar — but it's a perfectly appealing explosion of color for a lazy summer day," Entertainment Weekly says.

Fast & Furious 6

The gist: Somewhere along the line Justin Lin made an entire career out of slow-motion car chases and explosions. Remember when Vin Diesel was too good to make the first sequel? Yeah, that was rich. PG-13

The cast: Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Luke Evans and Gina Carano

The buzz: Would you believe, this one is getting great reviews for just being itself, along with its surprising feelgood, multiethnic panel of young stars? It's almost like that's the message of the movies. "True, the movie doesn't know when or how to put the brakes on. It does, however, understand precisely what it is," the L.A. Times says.

At Any Price

The gist: A father wants his son to take over the family farm, but he would rather be a professional race car driver making millions instead of living off government subsidies before inevitably selling off his land to corporate agriculture. Geez, kids these days. R

The cast: Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, Clancy Brown and Maika Monroe.

The buzz: Wait, this isn't about racing at all. "In the end, At Any Price strikes a dark, even ghastly tone, and rather suddenly it becomes a cynical commentary on small-town hypocrisy and American business. It's hard to tell whether that was the intention," Newsday says.

From Up on Poppy Hill

The gist: An animated drama from Studio Ghibli about two high-schoolers falling in love in 1963 Yokohama, as the country prepares for the 1964 Olympics. Hayao Miyazaki wrote and his son Goro Miyazaki directed. PG

The cast: Voices of Japanese actors, or if you're watching the English-dubbed version, Sarah Bolger, Isabelle Fuhrman, Anton Yelchin, Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson, Alex Wolff and Aubrey Plaza.

The buzz: Not your typical Miyazaki production, because it plays the story straight instead of fantastical, but a solid effort all around. "The jury's still out on whether Goro Miyazaki can sustain his father's legacy as storyteller, though with its beautiful visuals and songs, Poppy Hill finds a deserving, if modest, place among its Studio Ghibli peers," Variety says.

— Joshua Gillin [email protected]

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