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Sean P. Means
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Murray Close | Twentieth Century Fox "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" ï The teen demigod Percy (Logan Lerman, center) returns to action, with his friends Grover (Brandon T. Jackson, left) and Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario). (Opens August 7.)
Wednesday movie roundup: Demigods vs. drug dealers

Two movies get a head start on the weekend box office today – and both deliver so-so entertainment.

For younger viewers, there's "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," the second movie in the Greek-mythology fantasy franchise based on Rick Riordan's books. Percy (played by Logan Lerman) and his pals return for a quest to find the Golden Fleece – which they need to find to save the demigods' camp and prevent the evil Luke (Jake Abel) from bringing back the world-destroying Kronos. The movie is an effects-heavy adventure that swings too freely from serious to funny.

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Grown-ups get the raunchy, R-rated comedy "We're the Millers," which starts with an amusing premise – drug dealer David (Jason Sudeikis) hires a fake family as cover to smuggle pot out from Mexico – and for a while generates some mean-spirited laughs from it. But as the script gets soft, and plays up David's relationship with his fake "wife" (Jennifer Aniston), the laughs peter out.

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