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Mountain Patrol: Kekexili; Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont; La Mujer de mi Hermano; Preaching to the Choir; Scary Movie 4, The Wild

It's bad enough to lift premise, plot and character types wholesale from another so-so movie, worse when the aptly named director, Steve "Spaz" Williams, so hopelessly bungles the job that even your ordinarily accepting child can barely stay awake long enough to point out the comparisons with Madagascar. Does this sound familiar? A coalition of fractious but cute animals—lion with hero issues (voice of Kiefer Sutherland), pretty giraffe (Janeane Garofalo) batting away advances from squirrel with attention deficit disorder (Jim Belushi), logorrheic koala (Eddie Izzard)—breaks out of the New York Zoo in order to save one of their number, then finds itself in some unspecified wild battling a wildebeest dictator (William Shatner) climbing his way up the food chain. The animation is cheesy; the banter isn't funny; the score is noisy and grating; and the critters look like stuffed animals. The best that can be said for The Wild is that it's a most insincere form of flattery. The worst is that it's a sincere form of theft. (Ella Taylor) (Countywide)

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