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  • Ryan Reynolds, Mary Louise Parker, and Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D.

Last week the comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. opened to general disinterest and mostly negative reviews. It failed to enter the top five on the U.S. box office chart, which must hold significance for people who like to talk about money rather than movies. Personally, I think it’s loads of fun. Director Robert Schwentke conveys a sincere love of animated cartoons in the movie’s streamlined movement and detail-packed frames, and Jeff Bridges and Mary-Louise Parker are a hoot. I recommend seeing it on a big screen while you still have the chance—but if you go, don’t bother paying extra to see it in 3-D; the effects are largely superfluous. If you’d rather go to a movie that’s received more positive reviews, Wim Wenders’s beloved Wings of Desire screens this Sunday as part of the Music Box’s Chicago French Film Festival, which we cover in this week’s issue.