The Dictator

(R) ★★★☆☆

For most of its quick and extremely dirty running time, the new Sacha Baron Cohen offender The Dictator wages war with itself, crude nonsense up against crude nonsense that’s really funny. When a double for fictional North African dictator General Admiral Haffaz Aladeen (Cohen) is assassinated, the leader’s advisor (Ben Kingsley) hatches a scheme involving a new double, a visit to America and an unlikely romance with a vegan/feminist (Anna Faris).

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(PG-13) ★★★☆☆ Assorted couples cope with pregnancies planned and unplanned, adoption, and the epic change coming to their lives. It’s wafer-thin, but it has plenty of laughs. What’s surprising is how touching this film manages to be. Director Kirk Jones and the screenwriters found real pathos in adapting author Heidi Murkoff’s pregnancy bible. The ensemble cast includes Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Dennis Quaid and Chris Rock.

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