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'The Three Musketeers,' 'Paranormal Activity 3' and More Open Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- The Three Musketeers: In the latest retelling of the classic story, Logan Lerman's D'Artagnan joins the three Musketeers -- Porthos, Athos and Aramis -- on a mission to protect the king of France from the evil Cardinal Richelieu.  Ray Stevenson, Matthew Macfadyen, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz and Milla Jovovich also star in the film, which is screening in 3D.  Rated PG-13.

-- Paranormal Activity 3: Two young sisters in 1988 are haunted by a supernatural being at home.  Rated R.

-- Johnny English Reborn: British comedian Rowan Atkinson returns as the bumbling secret agent Johnny English, who first appeared on the big screen in 2003.  This time around, English is called upon to thwart a plot to kill to a Chinese premier.  Gillian Anderson and Dominic West also star.  Rated PG.

-- The Mighty Macs: The sports drama is based on the true story of the 1971-1972 Immaculata College women's basketball team, which improbably won a national championship.  Carla Gugino plays the coach of the all-women's Catholic school in Philadelphia.  David Boreanaz and Ellen Burstyn also star.  Rated G.  [Click here to read a review]

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Movie Review: ‘The Mighty Macs’

Quaker Media(NEW YORK) -- It's not like we haven't seen this story before.  However, we've never seen it based on the real-life story of a first-time female basketball coach who took a small, all-girls Catholic college basketball team, with no budget and no gym, to consecutive national championships.
That coach is Cathy Rush, played here by Carla Gugino. In 1971, Cathy, the wife of an NBA referee, is the only person to apply for the job of basketball coach at Immaculata College, a school with fewer than 500 students and a struggling basketball team. The school doesn't have enough money to survive, let alone the cash to provide the team with up-to-date uniforms.  Ellen Burstyn plays Mother St. John, a former fun-loving (so we're supposed to believe) mother superior who doesn't approve of Cathy's attitude or methods. Naturally, that eventually changes.
If you’ve taken a few moments to Google Cathy Rush between this and the previous sentence, then you already know she's a legend. Why? See The Mighty Macs and you'll get a superficial idea.  There's really nothing new here. Other than some nice cinematography and some quality acting from quality actresses, The Mighty Macs is just like every other underdog sports story that's ever been produced, though with less-than-average punch. It should’ve been a slam dunk but lacks the emotional depth to take its place among classic sports underdog films like Rudy and HoosiersThe Mighty Macs is a nice story but it's not a good movie.

Two out of five stars.

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