Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 5, 2013

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---- — Movie preview: “Despicable Me 2”

Rotten Tomato rating: 80%

Rated: PG for rude humor and mild action

Running time: 1 hr 38 min

Cast: Featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand

Plot: Now that Gru has forsaken a life of crime to raise Margo, Agnes and Edith, he’s trying to figure out how to provide for his new family. As he struggles with his responsibilities as a father, the Anti-Villain League — an organization dedicated to fighting evil — comes calling, ready to sends Gru on a mission to capture the perpetrator of a spectacular heist, for who would be better than the world’s greatest ex-villain to capture the individual who seeks to usurp his power.

Comment: “Despicable Me 2″ is a gag-filled delight from start-to-finish. It’s got more laughs in its first five minutes — from its larynx-bending voice actors, its loopy, goofy design and its milling, mewling Minions – than “Monsters University” managed over its entire length. And if much of the message, the warmth and the “changed villain” character arc of the original film is missing, the giggles and laughs make up for it. The babbling Minions move front and center for this sequel, tapping into the kid-friendliest element of the first film. They’re what make “Despicable Me 2″ the funniest kids’ cartoon of the summer. 3 1/2 stars (out of four) — Roger Moore, MovieNation.com

Showtimes: 3D: 10:40 a.m.,* 3:50, (9:00)

2D: 11:10 a.m.,* 1:15, 1:45, 4:20, 6:30, 6:55, (9:30)

Movie preview: “The Lone Ranger”

Rotten Tomato rating: 18%

Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some suggestive material

Running time: 2 hr 29 min

Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper

Plot: Native American spirit warrior Tonto and man of the law John Reid are opposites brought together by fate and must join forces to battle greed and corruption.

Comment: For 2 ½ hours, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced “Lone Ranger” inflates, subverts and distorts the conventions of the Western until, in an interminable climax, the big-budget spectacle finally, exhaustingly collapses in a scrap heap of train wreckage. “The Long Ranger” is, alas, a runaway train. A filmmaker of great excess, Gore Verbinski’s ricocheting whimsy here runs off the rails. Flashback-heavy plot mechanics, occasionally grim violence (bullets land in bodies with the loudest of thwacks, a heart gets eaten) and surrealistic comedy add up to a confused tone that seems uncertain exactly how to position Depp’s Tonto in the movie, to say nothing of Armie Hammer’s wayward Lone Ranger. One 1/2 stars (out of four) — Jake Coyle, Associated Press

Showtimes: 11:45 a.m.,* 12:15, 3:10, 3:35, 7:00, 7:30, (10:25)