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When I was a kid, I never wanted to be a magician, so maybe I can’t appreciate “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” (2013). I hate to use reviewerspeak, but Steve Carell stars in an uneven movie that follows a formulaic plot (dude was a star, now a has-been, hits rock bottom, tries to find his mojo, hijinks ensue, gets the girl, learns something about himself, blah, blah, blah). Jim Carrey, who I think is generally gross, plays Burt’s rival, a generally gross illusionist. There are funny parts, but there’s also an unlikeable, coarse edge that too many comedies have these days.

A lot of “Sopranos” fans will enjoy David Chase’s 2012 film, “Not Fade Away.” Unless you hated the way the TV series ended and/or have a general aversion to quirky endings. In that case, don’t watch it. It’s a New Jersey movie co-starring James Gandolfini, but it’s not a mob movie. It’s a coming-of-age period piece that traces the 1960s rock-and-roll revolution. It’s kinda like if Bryan Adams’ song “Summer of ’69,” unfolded over several years. Gandolfini is good as a dad staring into the generation gap. There are times you want to smack John Magaro, who plays his son.