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Film Clips: Tonight's movie openings and more March 19 2010

Oh how times have changed. When I was in school, the wimpy kid just got his ass kicked.

OPENING FRIDAY

THE ART OF THE STEAL 4 stars (NR) Rock School dcoumentarian Don Argott paints a compelling, at times unsightly portrait of the public battles over The Barnes Foundation, one of the world’s largest and priciest collections of Post-Impressionist and Early Modern art. Comparable to one of those films about financial chicanery like Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, The Art of the Steal asserts that powerful figures from philanthropies and Pennsylvania government subverted the intent of founder Albert Barnes’ will. Clearly sympathetic to Barnes’ feisty former students and other champions, The Art of the Steal poses provocative questions about value of great art in terms of money and power, as well as the public’s entitlement to access artwork. — Curt Holman

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THE BOUNTY HUNTER (PG-13) Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler team up in this romantic/action comedy. Aniston plays a reporter tracking down a story about a murder cover-up. Meantime, ex-hubby, Butler, has a new job as a bounty hunter. No need to tell you who his first person to track down just happens to be.

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (PG ) Jeff Kinney's illustrated novel comes to the big screen. It centers around Greg Heffley who is working his way through the trials and tribulations of one of life's most awkward (and awful) stages—middle school.

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