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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Kristen Bell in a scene from "Veronica Mars." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Robert Voets)
DVD review: ‘Veronica Mars’ movie not just for the fans
First Published May 03 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated May 03 2014 01:01 am

grade • B

DVD • Fans of the "Veronica Mars" TV series (2004-07) were delighted by the movie version, but now’s the chance for everyone else to see what they missed.

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The story starts with Veronica (Kristen Bell) trying to put her detective days behind her, but a murder back home in Neptune, Calif., draws her back in — because the prime suspect is her ex, the brooding Logan (Jason Dohring). Veronica returns to Neptune just in time for her high-school reunion, allowing her to catch up with old friends and former rivals.

Director Rob Thomas gets the most out of his celebrated $6 million budget (all collected from fans via Kickstarter), and writes (with Diane Ruggiero) a tight script that gives Bell plenty of acid-tipped one-liners — and a chance to solve more cases if the audience demands it.

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