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Listen Up Philip *** Directed by Alex Ross Perry. Starring Jason Schwartzman, Elizabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter, Joséphine de la Baume, Jonathan Pryce. A self-absorbed New York writer juggles the pressures of promoting his second book, watching his relationship deteriorate and living in an unforgiving city when his literary hero offers him an escape in the form of a summer home. The terrific cast all delves into the material full-bore, which contributes to its peculiar resonance. Perry may hate everyone and everything, but in making a show of it, he’s thoroughly entertaining.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb ** Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Ben Stiller, Rebel Wilson, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Ben Kingsley. Security guard Larry Daley plunges into an adventure that transports him to a London museum, where he’s surrounded by a new set of artifacts. The special effects remain good, but the jokes are creaky, the sentiments are forced and the pop-historical lessons are obligatory.