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‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lopez

Directed by: Kirk Jones

Rated: PG-13

If it only takes nine months to have a baby, why does this movie about having babies seem to last more like nine years? If this is the best that Hollywood can deliver about the business of giving birth, then let’s segue quickly to the next superhero.

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‘The Avengers’


Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson


Director: Joss Whedon


Rated: PG-13

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‘The Five-Year Engagement’

Starring: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt

Director: Nick Stoller

Rated: R

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It used to be that men were from Mars and women were from Venus, but in 2009 comedian Steve Harvey wrote the bestseller “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” causing both genders to rethink intimate relationships. Now it’s been cleverly turned into a rom-com with a great cast.

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With book sales of more than 26 million for Suzanne Collins’ futuristic trilogy, a lot is riding on this initial film that introduces teen heroine Katniss Everdeen to audiences in what will be the first of at least three, possibly four, movies. Aimed at what marketers call the coveted “YA” or “young adult” market, the film has obviously been toned down from the book to earn the all-important PG-13 rating.

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