Ted

(R) ★★☆☆☆

Seth MacFarlane, co-writer/director/producer/and voice of Ted, offers this bully of a comedy. John (Mark Wahlberg) wishes upon a star for a friend. His teddy bear becomes a talking teddy bear, and the pair remain best pals and bong-devoted couch potatoes well into John’s arrested-development adulthood. The film concerns what John must do to keep his girlfriend (Mila Kunis), while keeping trash-talking, skank-chasing Ted around. Bits work, however it largely comes off as clever and lazy.

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Jimmy Cliff

By Sean DeFrank

Before Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff became reggae’s first international star with his standout performance in the 1972 Jamaican crime film The Harder They Come. Now 40 years later, Cliff appeared as youthful and energetic as ever during his poolside performance. The 64-year-old opened with the uplifting “You Can Get It If You Really Want” from the Harder soundtrack, dancing, twirling and leaping around onstage like a man half his age, before dipping deep into his catalog, spanning from his ’60s ska days to his upcoming album, Rebirth.

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