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Apparently eager to turn the page on a career slump (After Earth certainly qualifies, as well as that random “devilish” character cameo opposite Russell Crowe and Colin Farrell in Winter’s Tale), Will Smith has decided to venture into R-rated content, kicking things off with Focus from the writing-directing team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris and Crazy, Stupid, Love). Smith aims to con us into believing that he’s something more than his usual Big Willie entertaining self, teaming up with a femme fatale (Margot Robbie) from his past to pull off a huge scam with the usual dangers if the game goes awry. Somehow this looks a bit like the kind of side gig Brad Pitt’s Ocean’s Eleven character works in-between the big event team-ups, but I’m not sure Smith can pull off the dark, sleazy side quite as well as Pitt. (Opens wide Friday) (R) Not screened in time for review

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