2012_wrath_of_the_titans_web.jpgWrath of the Titans

AP Entertainment Writer

There aren't many pleasures in this 3-D sequel to the 2010 Clash of the Titans remake, but surely one is seeing Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson bounding around together as brothers, the gods Hades and Zeus. In long beards, the two veteran actors are suited to one another, like a divine ZZ Top. Camp is a part of the experience here, as both Titans films pull from an unlikely combination of traditions: ancient Greece and the 1980s.

The clunky Clash of the Titans remade the 1981 original, bringing in boatloads of box office with a widely decried, slapped on conversion to 3-D. Wrath, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, has modestly improved upon the 3-D this time around and better manages a narrative flow of continuous fantasy action. But that's also all there is: A charmless stream of battle and fight sequences that contorts mythic characters into blockbuster conventions.

The demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington) again must battle to save the world, after his father Hades and brother Ares (Edgar Ramirez) conspire to free the dormant god Kronos and release hell. Rosamund Pike adds grace and Bill Nighy adds wryness, but for a movie withflying horses, it should be funnier. PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action. 99 minutes.

By Christy Lemire
AP Movie Critic

This documentary is essential to see, whether you're a parent or a kid, whether you've been on the giving or receiving end of such increasingly pervasive cruelty. But it's also frustrating to watch, because while the stories included here are undeniably moving by nature, they're not exactly told in the most artful way, rendering Bully far less emotionally impactful than it might have been.

Director Lee Hirsch's film grows repetitive and seems longer than its relatively brief running time. Tonally, it bounces with no rhyme or reason between a handful of students across the country who've suffered from bullying. Technically, it feels a bit messy, with needless zooms and images that fade in and out of focus. Perhaps that was an intentional aesthetic choice. Either way, it's distracting and headache-inducing.

Still, if Bully'' does nothing more than provide the impetus for a dialogue, it achieves its purpose. Hirsch spent a year with about a half-dozen families with children who've been bullied at school — teased, abused, humiliated and ostracized — behavior that adults too often sweep aside with the cliche that kids will be kids. Not rated but contains some violence and disturbing situations involving kids and teens and some language. 94 minutes.

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Andromeda in ‘Wrath.’