Battleship

(PG-13) ★★☆☆☆

There will be bigger movies this summer, and better ones and worse ones. But there will not be a dumber movie than Battleship. Ponderous and pandering, shameless and head-slappingly silly, this Navy vs. Aliens epic delivers a few thrills and a few laughs. Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgard play Navy men trying to stop the alien invasion, and Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker and Liam Neeson are also along for the ride.

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