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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Those madcap zoo animals are up to more (if similar) hijinks

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The setting may have changed from jungles to cities, but little else in Eric Darnell's Madagascar 3 will strike viewers as out-of-the-ordinary. Picking up shortly after the conclusion of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, the film follows Alex the lion, Marty the zebra and other returning characters as they flee from a sadistic animal-catcher through Rome, London and New York. Posing as circus performers, they join a traveling troupe, where they befriend an embittered Russian tiger and an alluring female jaguar. Complications arise, which anyone remotely familiar with kid's-movie tropes — the fall from grace, the last-minute redemption — will find painfully predictable. Nonetheless, the film is guaranteed to satisfy viewers craving a dose of bombastic, free-spirited entertainment and features the voice talents of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen, among others. In 3-D in select theaters. Starts Fri., June 9.

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