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April 28, 2013

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1/2

This carefully tended portrait of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, settles for too little. Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) endures long odds and societal racism to join the Brooklyn Dodgers. Harrison Ford is fun as the general manager who brought him up, Branch Rickey. The film treads too carefully, a primer, a story that protects and enshrines Robinson and that feels like a production watched very carefully by his survivors. Boseman is highly capable, but the filmmakers failed to ask much of him. PG-13 (thematic elements including language).

THE CALL

Jordan (Halle Berry) is a hotshot 911 operator in Los Angeles. On a call in which she tries to coach a teenage girl away from a home invasion, Jordan slips up, fails, and the girl is abducted and murdered. Dedicated to redeem herself, Jordan gets another emergency call in the form of Casey (Abigail Breslin), who has been drugged and kidnapped and wakes up in the trunk of a speeding car. Jordan has to coach the hysterical teen through a series of daunting situations. Berry is enough of a pro to handle this, but the film is kind of a dud. R (for violence, disturbing content and some language). 1:36. 2 stars.

THE CROODS

1/2

It’s “Ice Age” with humans and less ice. The Croods are a brood of cavepeople; there’s Ugg (Nicolas Cage), Ugga (Catherine Keener), Eep (Emma Stone) and some others. Earthquaked out of their dwelling, the Crood brood embarks on a search for a new home. They come across Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a caveboy who knows about fire and has things called “ideas.” Guy leads the Croods toward a place he calls “Tomorrow” where survival lies. Not a whole lot here, and like most Dreamworks vehicles, it’s way too much. PG (some scary action).EVIL DEAD

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