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Irate investor takes over a cable money show and threatens to set off a massive explosion. George Clooney and Julia Roberts star.
There’s always the possibility that the audience will lose interest in a movie where the plot is deeply entangled in money matters. But director Jodie Foster cashes in on the superb work of Clooney and Jack O’Connell to make sure there are never any monetary dull spots in “Money Monster.”
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A widow (Susan Sarandon) tries to figure out how to live her life without her husband. The efforts drive her daughter crazy.
“The Meddler” works because of Sarandon’s ability to show so much passive-aggressive love. From a distance, her actions all seem to be the efforts of a woman with a massive heart who is willing to give big. Even her daughter’s friends wish that Marnie were their mother.
‘Now You See Me 2’
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Notorious magicians are forced into one more spectacular stunt. The sequel is much stronger than the first film.
It starts out with another magical concept, but instead of the story droning to a lackluster end, the big reveal is both fun and full of original twists. It does not have nearly as many problems as the first movie.
‘Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection’
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Any true fan of the original TV series will want this as part of their collection. It includes 30 Blu-ray discs that hold every episode of the original series, every episode of the animated series and the first six feature films.
There’s also two hours of footage chronicling the franchise’s 50-year journey.
Also out this week
“Equals”: Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart play star-crossed lovers.
“All the Way”: Bryan Cranston stars as Lyndon Baines Johnson.
“Nina”: Zoe Saldana portrays Nina Simone.