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‘Dictator’ gives us nothing to laugh about

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Jason Wallis

Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 7:50 am | Updated: 9:28 am, Fri May 25, 2012.

We’re still stuck in a bit of a rut, it seems, with the local multiplexes offering very few reasonable choices for discriminating moviegoers — unless, of course, your plan is to see “The Avengers” for the fifth or sixth time, which seems perfectly sensible given the options. “Men in Black 3,” opening this weekend and set for review next, may break the monotony, but I’m trying to further temper my already modest expectations.

On deck this week is “The Dictator,” which won out over the much more lengthy and critically reviled “Battleship” (which I wasn’t too keen on watching anyway, especially after seeing the recent interview with director Peter Berg in which he verbally abuses and attempts to troll and intimidate an Israeli reporter, all while evidently coked out of his mind — classy). My lady friend took the plunge on that one and reports that it’s somewhat admirable insofar as it at least attempts to do something “different” with the whole alien invasion subgenre, but in the end emerges as little more than just another dumb alien action flick. Bless her heart.

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