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Film Review: ‘Annie’

Cameron Diaz, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Nicolette Pierini

Musical-theater purists can be almost as fussy as Star Wars fanatics, so expect a certain amount of kvetching over the new adaptation of Annie (previously filmed in ’82). The beloved 1977 Broadway show gets a thorough reworking, with rewritten lyrics, funked-up music, and a time-shift to the present day. (The comic-inspired original was a Depression-era fable, complete with cameo by Franklin Roosevelt.) Though it’s going to get lambasted, this new Annie is actually kind of fun on its own terms, with a rapid-fire pace and actors who aren’t afraid to be silly.

The role of Annie usually goes to girls who sound as though they’ve swallowed Ethel Merman’s trumpet, but here the part is played by soft-voiced Quvenzhané Wallis, the kid from Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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Film Review: ‘The Other Woman’

Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton

Although officially top-lined by Cameron Diaz, The Other Woman is actually an outrageous instance of highway robbery perpetrated by co-star Leslie Mann. With antic energy that borders on the demented, Mann grabs whatever acreage is available at any given moment and starts swinging around with a giant slapstick.

It may be the scorched-earth approach to comedy, but it is funny, especially in the early going. Until its already far-fetched plot crosses the line into out-and-out sadism and too many girl-power high-fives, the film definitely conjures up some laughs.

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