Mortdecai

Based on the trailers, it appears that this action-comedy — about a “debonair” rogue art dealer named Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) seeking to recover a stolen painting with an embedded code that leads to undiscovered Nazi treasures — will trip, stumble and pratfall heavily on its butt thanks to a plethora of broad hijinks prettied up by its gorgeous cast (Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Paul Bettany). But what about giving audiences a better mix for some real entertainment? Blame director David Koepp who, as the writer of Panic Room and Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man as well as being the man at the helm of Stir of Echoes and Premium Rush, is much better known for his execution of action over laughs. (Opens wide Friday) (R) Not screened in time for review

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