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Jon Favreau, the beefy actor who is usually more behind the camera these days, stars in his own project as Carl Casper, a L.A. chef on the rise who is not without ego. It’s a great premise to launch what amounts to a feel-good foodie fest that wraps a road/buddy pic into a romcom — all of which together makes for a tasty dish.

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A great story wrapped in a plain brown wrapper is what you’ll get with Clint Eastwood’s film version of the great Broadway hit of “Jersey Boys.” The jukebox musical based on the lives of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons interweaves their greatest hits with the highs and lows of the group members. Along the way, it won multiple Tonys and is still playing to packed houses on Broadway and the many road tours traveling the country.

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Three chicks and the same guy in this sort of rom-com about a serial womanizer knocked “Captain America” out of the top spot in its opening weekend. This predictable film was penned by first-time screenwriter Melissa K. Stack.

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Kevin Costner

In short, this is a touchdown with Kevin Costner doing what he does best — a sports movie. Whether it’s “Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham” or “The Love of the Game,” this is a genre that Costner owns.

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Recalling the glossy biblical epics of yesteryear like “The Ten Commandments” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” and comparing them to Darren Aronofsky’s new movie, “Noah,” would be like test-driving a ‘74 Chevy and then hopping in a Tesla. Really, there is no comparison with this new modern take on the old Biblical tale of the great flood.

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