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Kind of Blue

Reboot is a Smurfin' good time

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If you're skeptical of an all-star cast that includes Doogie Howser and Katy Perry, just let go. The Smurfs will take you on a fun but occasionally wobbly ride with the blue woodland creatures.

When Clumsy’s clumsiness leads the gang – including Brainy (voiced by Fred Armisen), Grouchy (George Lopez), Smurfette (Perry), and new additions like Passive Aggressive Smurf – to New York City, they’re forced to navigate the largest, most dangerous “village” they’ve ever seen, with the evil wizard Gargamel (a wonderfully disgusting Hank Azaria) in hot pursuit.

It's a perfectly sweet movie with plenty of surprises for grownups. Plus, it looks great, with a candy-colored blend of live action and CGI. It’s a whole smurf of a lot better than you might think. --Lydia Munnell

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