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‘The Giver’Starring: Jeff Bridges, Brendan ThwaitesDirected by: Phillip NoyceRated: PG-13

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A love affair for foodies, this could bookend Lasse Hallstrom’s little truffles could bookend Lasse Hallstrom’s little truffle “Chocolat” (2000), another ode to deliciousness from the Swedish director also set in a small Fren

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‘Magic in the Moonlight’

Starring: Colin Firth, Emma Stone

Directed by: Woody Allen

Rated: PG-13

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This second feature from the “Scrubs” guy show more depth than his first attempt, “Garden State,” which is an improvement — but there is room for more. Zach Braff, who wrote this script with his brother Adam, also directs and stars in this as Aidan Bloom, an out-of-work actor married with two children. His wife, Sarah (Kate Hudson), works at a menial city job so Aidan can continue to pursue his dream of acting, but his last job was a dandruff commercial months ago, and the future is not looking good.

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This is some monkey business with the apes getting top billing over the humans in this second installment of the “Apes” reboot. But you can’t say Andy Serkis doesn’t deserve the honor. Call him the king of motion capture for his uncanny ability to create computer-generated creatures through body movement.

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