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Sean P. Means
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This image released by 20th Century Fox shows the characters Diego, voiced by Denis Leary, left, Sid, voiced by John Leguizamo and Manny, voiced by Ray Romano in a scene from the animated film, "Ice Age: Continental Drift." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox)
Friday (the 13th) movie roundup: No luck in the theaters

Friday the 13th isn't particularly lucky if you're looking for a good new movie.

The only new Hollywood film is "Ice Age: Continental Drift," the fourth installment of an animated series that deserved extinction some time ago. This time, our prehistoric pals – Manny the mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano), Sid the Sloth (voiced by John Leguizamo) and Diego the sabertooth tiger (voiced by Denis Leary) – are separated from the rest of their herd, and fall in with pirates led by a gold-toothed primate (voiced by Peter Dinklage). The relationships and even some of the gags are recycled from past movies, and weren't that funny to start with. (There is a hilarious "Simpsons" short attached to this "Ice Age," which has more laughs in three minutes than the feature generates in 90.)

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The other new movie this week is "Where Do We Go Now?," an offbeat combination of comedy, musical numbers, serious drama and heavy-handed messaging. It centers on the Christian and Muslim women of a remote Lebanese village, who devise comic plots to keep their angry menfolk from killing each other. Director/star Nadine Labaki (who made the wonderful beauty-shop romance "Caramel" a few years ago) has a lot of interesting ideas floating about this film, but forcing them all together in one narrative gets messy and convoluted.



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