Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (2016, Warner, PG-13, $30) -- In an era when everything from "Star Wars" to "Sherlock Holmes" is being rebooted, it was inevitable that Edgar Rice Burroughs' creation would merit one of his own. But unlike a lot of remakes, "Tarzan" plays it straight, without winks to the audience. And rather than going the tired "origin story" route, the filmmakers pick up the action after Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) is back in the U.K. and married to Jane (Margot Robbie). Together, the pair return to the Congo, where they find themselves battling a smug Belgian captain (Christoph Waltz). Directed with crackerjack craftsmanship by David Yates (the later "Harry Potter" films), "Tarzan" is a hugely entertaining way to spend an evening. Extras: featurettes.

THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR (2016, Universal, R, $30) -- You have to give the filmmakers credit for attempting to be topical by including a Hillary-esque presidential candidate (Elizabeth Mitchell) who promises, if elected, to end the tradition of government-sponsored violence known as the Purge. But for all its talk about class warfare, "Election Year" is little more than a carnage fest in which disposable characters are shot, stabbed or otherwise slaughtered every few seconds. Skip it. Extras: featurettes and deleted scenes.

COMPLETE UNKNOWN (2016, Sony, R, $25) -- Co-writer/director Joshua Marston ("Maria Full of Grace") has come up with a terrific character for a thriller: a woman (Rachel Weisz) capable of reinventing herself every few years by taking on a new name and identity. But instead of delving into how she pulls off her quick- change maneuvers, Marston strands her at a dinner party where she's reconnecting with an ex-lover (Michael Shannon). "Complete Unknown" is good enough to make you wish it was a whole lot better. Extras: Marston commentary.

SWISS ARMY MAN (2016, Lionsgate, R, $20) -- It's easily the most unique movie of 2016, but it's far from the best. …

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