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Published: Friday, Jun. 7, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 15TICKET

"Identity Thief" (R, 111 minutes, Universal): This nothing-burger of a film is a desultory collection of slapstick gags, buddy-movie clichés and chase-sequence bombast. Sandy Patterson (played by Jason Bateman) gets a call from a financial security operator who persuades him to give her his Social Security number. Within a few hours, this con artist (Melissa McCarthy) is on her way to racking up $12,000 in credit card debt, all in Sandy's name. The real Sandy sets off to Florida to find the fake Sandy, a junket that turns into a "Midnight Run"-type chase. Contains sexual content and profanity. Extras: gag reel, making-of featurette.


"A Good Day to Die Hard" (R, 98 minutes, Fox): Armed and ludicrous, John McClane is back for the fifth installment of the franchise starring Bruce Willis. McClane cuts his destructive swath through Moscow, where there's seemingly always a gun or a bomb at the ready. He's come to Mother Russia to find out what's happened to his son, Jack, a chip off the sullen, aggressive block who's landed in a Moscow prison. Jittery car chases, hyperkinetic explosions and ham-handed gunfights pile up with wanton randomness until they culminate in a stunt involving a helicopter, a truck and a gruesome bit of business with a propeller. Contains violence and profane language.


"Warm Bodies" (PG-13, 97 minutes, Summit/Lionsgate): Cute without being especially clever, the film is almost as brain-dead as its zombie antihero (Nicholas Hoult), a flesh-eating teenage corpse known as R who falls in love with a living human named Julie (Teresa Palmer). It's less funny and self-aware than "Shawn of the Dead," less swooningly romantic than "Twilight" (to which it bears strong similarities) and less scary than most other zombie movies. Loosely inspired by "Romeo and Juliet," the story centers on the incongruity of a romance between enemies. Contains mild zombie violence, light gore and occasional obscenity.

Also: "Escape From Planet Earth," "The Last Ride" (Hank Williams biopic), "Mental," "Brooklyn Castle," "Charlie Zone," "Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean," "Perfect Understanding" (1933, Cohen Film Collection), "Sistas the Musical," "The Company We Keep" and "Journey of the Universe."


Television series: "Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season" (AMC), "Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Third Season" (ABC Family), "Ice Road Truckers: Season 6 " (History Channel), "Mountain Men: Season 1" (History Channel), "Dora the Explorer: Dora Rocks!" (Nickelodeon).

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