Footloose

(PG-13) ★★☆☆☆

This remake of ’80s classic misses a few steps, most notably when it comes to the dancing. While director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) adds weight, the leads—Kenny Wormald as Ren and Julianne Hough as Ariel—don’t pop onscreen. Relocated to rural Georgia, the local kids dance to rebel against Rev. Shaw (Dennis Quaid). The new kid in town romances the Reverend’s daughter. Unfortunately, the dancing and the star chemistry, which are what made the original, falls short here.

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Machine Gun Preacher

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Realizing that it takes a village, Machine Gun Preacher gives blood-soaked missionary work a bad name. It comes off like a morally unreliable story in which Gerard Butler saves Africa from itself. “Some kind of African Rambo” is how he’s described. The events of the movie may be a little bit true, or a lot, but hardly any of it plays that way.

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