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"AND SO IT GOES" from Clarius Entertainment opens Fri., July 25, 2014.

STARRING: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Frances Sternhagen, Franki Valli and Yaya DaCosta.

DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner ("Stand By Me", "The Princess Bride", "The Bucket List", "Flipped")

SYNOPSIS: A self-centered New York realtor (Douglas) enlists the help of his neighbor when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home.

It seems that now that Jack Nicholson has retired, Michael Douglas has become the logical choice to take over the kind of roles Nicholson used to play. This is the semi-bland situational comedy that Nicholson could phone and it looks like Douglas is doing the same thing. Not that he's not good at it. He seems to be a naturally gruff, self-centered jerk who can growl out a nasty put-down without even blinking. The complaint is that there's nothing here to challenge him.

The same is true for Diane Keaton. She's played this role many times before and now she's playing it again. One really respects Rob Reiner. He's done a lot of great work as an actor and he's a very talented director. There's just nothing new here. This isn't even edgy enough to have been an episode of All In the Family. The little girl (Jerins) is very cute and she probably had fun doing this film (more fun than the audience will) but she was better in "World War Z". Maybe Brad Pitt was more likable.

ALSO OPENING:

"THE FLUFFY MOVIE" from Gulfstream Pictures.

STARRING: Gabriel Iglesius, Jacqueline Obradors, Gina Brillon, Ron White and Tommy Chong.

DIRECTOR: Manny Rodriguez, Jay Lavender.

SYNOPSIS: A comedy concert film that captures the onstage performance and inspirational success story of Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesius.

If you've seen "Fluffy" in concert, you'll love this movie. One still prefers George Lopez but Iglesius is on his way and this is very worthwhile.

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