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THE EXPENDABLES 3 (12) BARNEY Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his crew of battle-hardened mercenaries - Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) - orchestrate a prison breakout. Their target: original Expendables member Doctor Death (Wesley Snipes), who has been off the grid for several years.

The bolstered team heads to Mogadishu at the behest of chief Max Drummer (Harrison Ford), where Barney comes face-toface with a ghost from the past: Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), co-founder of the Expendables. Faced with an adversary, who possesses state-ofthe-art weaponry, Barney retires the old team and assembles a fearless younger crew comprising bareknuckle brawler Smilee (Kellan Lutz), nightclub bouncer Luna (Ronda Rousey), hacker Thorn (Glen Powell), weaponry specialist Mars (Victor Ortiz) and infuriatingly talkative former Spanish Armed Forces operative Galgo (Antonio Banderas).

The Expendables 3 is an entertaining and ridiculously far-fetched tour of duty that sensibly welcomes fresh faces to the fold and provides Banderas, Ford, Gibson and Snipes with sizeable roles to turn back the clocks.

Rating THE NUT JOB (U) RACCOON (voiced by Liam Neeson) and his red bird sidekick Cardinal preside over the animal denizens of Liberty Park in Oakton City. Every groundhog, squirrel, mouse and mole gathers supplies to add to the winter food store except for mischievous squirrel Surly (Will Arnett).

"I'm independent, which means 'looking out for number one'," Surly reminds fellow squirrels Andie (Katherine Heigl) and Grayson (Brendan Fraser).

When a raid on a food cart goes disastrously wrong, Surly is banished to the city. The ravenous rodent stumbles upon a store selling nuts and he plots a daring heist with trusty rat pal, Buddy (Rob Tinkler).

Little does Surly know that the new owner of the store, King (Stephen Lang), is a robber who intends to tunnel from the shop's basement to First Oakton Bank and plunder the vault.

The Nut Job is a poorly paced, 1950s-set computer-animated adventure festooned with hastily sketched characters. The narrative lacks fluidity and most of the animals don't exist beyond a single personality trait.

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Date:Dec 4, 2014
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