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"The Three Stooges," "The Cabin in the Woods," "Lockout" Open Friday

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

-- The Three Stooges: The iconic comedy trio tries to raise enough money to save the orphanage that raised them.  In the process, they inadvertently become involved in a murder plot.  Sean Hayes, MADtv's Will Sasso, and The Kennedys actor Chris Diamantopoulos play Larry, Curly and Moe, respectively.  Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara and Larry David also star in the Farrelly brothers-directed comedy.  Rated PG.  [Click here to read a review]

-- The Cabin in the Woods: Horror strikes when five friends visit a remote cabin in the woods.  Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford star in the Joss Whedon-produced film.  Rated R.

-- Lockout: Guy Pearce is a falsely-convicted ex-government agent who attempts to secure his freedom by rescuing the president's daughter from a prison in outer space.  Maggie Grace also stars.  Rated PG-13.

Also, the teen bullying documentary, Bully, expands to 55 markets with its new PG-13 rating.  National Education Association Vice President Lily Eskelsen recommends parents and kids see the movie together.

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Movie Review: 'The Three Stooges' 

Chelsea Lauren/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Since the mid-1920s, The Three Stooges -- whether Moe, Larry and Curly or the first incarnation of Moe, Larry and Shemp -- and their iconic brand of often-violent slapstick have won millions of fans around the world. Two of those fans, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, have been trying for years to make a movie not so much about the Stooges, as a tribute to them.
Well, here it is.
The Three Stooges takes our beloved Moe, Larry and Curly and transplants them into the present day.  Our story begins with three adorable baby Stooges being dropped off at -- thrown at, actually -- an orphanage in a duffel bag.  This is when we meet the visual spectacle that is Larry David playing Sister Mary-Mengele.  Supermodel Kate Upton as a nun is a different type of visual spectacle. They have one thing in common, though: they're funny.
Ten years later, we meet Moe, Larry and Curly as young boys.  If you didn’t already understand what kind of movie this is going to be, just observe 10-year-old Larry's already receding hairline.  The boys are no longer adorable.  They've blossomed into three moronic sadists who nobody in their right mind would want to adopt.
No need to ruin some of the movie’s best jokes so I’ll just skip to the plot.  Eventually, these three idiots are going to have a week to raise $840,000 to save the orphanage. Their best opportunity presents itself in the form of Modern Family star Sophia Vergara, who wants the boys to kill her husband.  In the process, we're treated to Farrelly-esque recreations of the Stooges' best slapstick and trademark punny humor.  
The Three Stooges simply wouldn't work without the nearly flawless performances from Sean Hayes as Larry, Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe, and Will Sasso as Curly.  Sasso, probably best-remembered from MADtv, has been doing a killer Curly impression for years but it’s former Will & Grace star Hayes’ transformation as Larry that impresses the most.  And while Diamantopoulos (The Starter Wife, 24) likely isn't familiar to most audiences, he's outstanding as Moe.
Mind you, not everything the original Stooges did worked.  The slapstick at times felt redundant and jokes fell flat, and the same goes for this movie.  However, much more often than not it does work, and when it does The Three Stooges is brilliantly choreographed stupidity, a meticulous farce paying tribute to the kings of meticulous slapstick and farce.
Three-and-a-half out of five stars.
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