Sex and the City 2: See it or flee it?

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Sex and the City 2
You've got 10 bucks and two hours, and you don't want to waste any of it. We can help. Here's our guide to the best and worst movies this weekend.

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FLEE: Sex and the City 2
The four aging BFFs struggle on with work-life challenges (Miranda), child-care dilemmas (Charlotte), cougar body-maintenance (Samantha), and marital boredom (Carrie). And like all of us, they decide to do it wearing high fashion on a blowout vacation to Abu Dhabi. (area theaters)
City Pages: "SATC2 runs a crushing 146 minutes of not very funny gag lines wrapped in episodic mini-scenes that generate more embarrassment than sympathy."
Star Tribune: 1.5 stars Pioneer Press: 2 stars RottenTomatoes.com: 15% positive

FLEE: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
A noble prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) tries to clear his name after he's fingered for his father's assassination, a mission aided by a feisty princess (Clash of the Titans beauty Gemma Arterton) and a magic knife. (area theaters)
City Pages: "The story hinges on a dagger that can rewind time, a narrative conceit that doubles as a taunt to those who endure this cacophonous, frivolous adaptation of a video game series. It's merely a cash-my-paycheck-dammit film, embodied by a disinterested Sir Ben Kingsley."
Star Tribune: 1.5 stars Pioneer Press: 2 stars RottenTomatoes.com: 41% positive

FLEE: Survival of the Dead
The sixth installment in George A. Romero's long-running horror serial (est. 1967) follows Sarge Crockett (Alan Van Sprang) as he leads his gone-rogue unit of National Guardsmen from the zombie-pestilent mainland to "Plum Island, Delaware." There, the returned departed are feuded over by two family-armies.
City Pages: " Silly CGI violence and familiar preoccupations with the family-as-hell, creeping Catholicism, and stock rednecks. The inevitable all-you-can-eat orgy of zombies pulling stringy mouthfuls away from red, wet rib cages may satisfy gorehounds, but it's depressing to anyone who has valued this series for more than just splatter."
Star Tribune: 1.5 stars Pioneer Press: 1.5 stars

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