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‘Kingsman: Secret Service’

Matthew Vaughn, writer and director of “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” has created a spy thriller – about a young man is recruited by Colin Firth to be part of an elite spy force – that falls somewhere between James Bond and Austin Powers.

The source material, Mark Millar’s snarky comic book “Secret Service,” calls for a degree of fun and frivolity with the story. It’s when Vaughn overindulges that the film struggles.

Also out this week

“The DUFF”: High school senior is crushed to learn she is the Designated Ugly Fat Friend.

“Serena”: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper star in this romance set against a timber empire.

“Project Almanac”: Time machine results in a group of teens changing the world.

Fresno Bee