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Race to Witch Mountain

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Extraterrestrial siblings Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) crash-land on earth, only to be pursued by a predictably unfriendly secret branch of the U.S. government. Fortunately for them, they wind up in a cab driven by Jack Bruno (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), a cynic with a checkered past who, along with some help from UFO researcher Dr. Alex Friedman (Carla Gugino), tries to protect the kids. This live-action Disney film sticks pretty close to the formula the studio used in their original Witch Mountain films from the ’70s, even as it deviates from the plot considerably. There’s plenty of PG-level action, the heroes and villains are presented as black and white, and the special effects and general tone have a decidedly low-budget feel. There are logical issues and plot holes galore, but director Andy Fickman manages to keep the film engaging enough. HH 1/2

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