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Movie Reviews: Ted 2, Max

Also: A Little Chaos, Escobar, The Strongest Man


A talking bear, a heroic dog and an infamous drug lord are among the subjects of new movies in Utah theaters this week.

Seth MacFarlane's potty-mouthed sentient childhood toy returns in Ted 2 (pictured), which manages just enough  huge laughs to balance its pointless plot and icky ain't-I-a-naughty-boy gags. Max takes a potentially effective boy-and-his-dog/coming-of-age tale and overloads it with a thriller sub-plot involving an international illegal arms deal. Escobar: Paradise Lost (opening exclusively in St. George) fictionalizes the story of the infamous drug lord with a great Benicio Del Toro performance and some effective suspense. And The Strongest Man finds some charming elements occasionally overloaded by indie-comedy quirks.

MaryAnn Johanson celebrates the historical fantasy of a female grounds designer in King Louis XIV's court in A Little Chaos.

In this week's feature review, the emergence from narcissism of the central character is actually the point in the Sundance hit Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.