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Friday (the 13th) movie roundup: No luck in the theaters

Published July 13, 2012 8:02 am

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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.)

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.