Total Recall

(PG-13) ★★★☆☆

Original this thing is not. While director Len Wiseman’s futuristic film is more hectic than inspired, it certainly moves. Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) lives a decent life with his wife Lori (Kate Beckinsale). Restless, he visits a dream factory for a memory-implant vacation, which doesn’t go well. Chaos, hover car chases, confused identity and reality ensue. Quaid spends much of the film on the run or surviving ridiculous falls. It’s great visually, but a little too predictable, even for a remake.

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By Tribune Media Services

(PG) ★★☆☆☆ Why are these movies so much less fun than the books by Jeff Kinney? Greg (Zachary Gordon) is on summer vacation, and his dad (Steve Zahn) has plans to school Greg in camping. Greg’s pal Rowley (Robert Capron) sneaks Greg into his country club to be around Holly (Peyton List), the nice girl who teaches tennis. The film never finds the heightened state of comic anxiety from the books, and a great cast’s talents are largely wasted.