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With: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, Skyler Gisondo, Rami Malek, Patrick Gallagher, Mizuo Peck, Andrea Martin, Ben Kingsley, Rachel Harris, Matt Frewer, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs, Anjali Jay
Written by: David Guion, Michael Handelman, based on a story by Mark Friedman, David Guion, Michael Handelman
Directed by: Shawn Levy
MPAA Rating: PG for mild action, some rude humor and brief language
Running Time: 97
Date: 12/19/2014
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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Monkeying Around

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Made from the "kids-won't-care-how-badly-we-slapped-this-thing-together" school of filmmaking, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is the third in a series moneymakers based on funny actors and lots of visual effects. The plots are secondary, like this one: the magic tablet begins to lose its power, so security guard Larry (Ben Stiller), his son (Skyler Gisondo), and a bunch of the exhibits go to London to speak to Merenkahre (Ben Kingsley). There, Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens) gives them plenty of trouble. Director Shawn Levy and his army of writers bring up ideas, and let them drop. Clumsy cutting ruins many of the jokes, and the action sequences are lifeless. Owen Wilson's lackadaisical line readings are worth a giggle or two, though. And the final goodbye as Theodore Roosevelt (the late Robin Williams) returns to wax is bittersweet, but not because of anything the movie has done. It's the final live-action film for Williams, as well as for Mickey Rooney, who appears in one scene.

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