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Movie Reviews: The Circle, Sleight, Growing Up Smith, Graduation

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The last weekend before the unofficially official start of summer movie season presents with some uninspired multiplex choices, a Romanian morality play and at least one unexpected super-hero origin story.

The Web 2.0 cautionary tale The Circle drops Emma Watson (pictured) into a story aiming for far too many targets, and far too self-serious to consider some simple genre pleasures. The indie dramedy Growing Up Smith gets a case of tonal confusion trying to examine the challenges of a young Indian-American immigrant in 1970s Oklahoma. The Sundance 2016 action-thriller Sleight comes to theaters with a great central character in search of a narrative more concerned with being good than with being awesome.

In this week's feature review, Cristian Mungiu's Romanian drama Graduation digs into the perils of a flexible sense of ethical behavior.

Also opening this week, but not screened for press: How to Be a Latin Lover, about an inveterate playboy reconnecting with his family; and the Indian historical epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.