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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Rock of Ages

By Tribune Media Services

(PG-13) ★★☆☆☆ The year is 1987; the place is L.A.’s Bourbon Room, whose debaucheries have drawn the ire of the clean-it-up! Mayor’s wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). All is riding on soul-spent rocker Stacie Jaxx (Tom Cruise). While the owner (Alec Baldwin) frets, young love blooms between two employees (Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta). While Cruise is certainly a sight, there’s something off in director Adam Shankman’s tone and pacing, leaving this a long way from true, trashy exhilaration.

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