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Now-a-Dollar July 15

by Scott Renshaw
- Posted // 2011-07-14 -

As Harry Potter invades first-run theaters, the bargain houses don't offer much in the way of competition.

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer certainly doesn't teach the Potter series any valuable lessons in how to adapt youth-friendly literature. This version of  Megan McDonald's charming character turns everything into frantic, Nickelodeon-ized nonsense. You'll be happier reading a book.

Audiences weren't much quicker to embrace Jumping the Broom, a comedy drama about a wedding that brings together two African-American families -- one well-to-do, the other decidedly more middle-class. Our contributor Andrew Wright described it as a combination of class-conscious drama, raucous sex comedy and faith-based morality tale that "inelegantly whumps them all together into an unappealing, barn-broad blob."

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