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1. The Boy Next Door* (Universal)

2. The Gambler (Paramount)

3. Taken 3* (20th Century Fox)

4. The Wedding Ringer (Sony)

5. Paddington (Anchor Bay)

6. Exodus: Gods and Kings (20th Century Fox)

7. Into the Woods (Disney)

8. Unbroken (Universal)

9. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death* (20th Century Fox)

10. Big Hero 6 (Disney)

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1. Taken 3* (20th Century Fox)

2. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death* (20th Century Fox)

3. Everly (Anchor Bay)

4. Interstellar (Paramount)

5. Unbroken (Universal)

6. Exodus: Gods and Kings (20th Century Fox)

7. Into the Woods (Disney)

8. Supremacy (Well Go USA)

9. Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (Alchemy)

10. Big Hero 6 (Disney)

* Available for rental before Redbox and Netflix

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1. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death* (20th Century Fox)

2. Unbroken (Universal)

3. Interstellar (Paramount)

4. Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (Alchemy)

5. The Man With the Iron Fists 2* (Universal)

6. Wild Card (Lionsgate)

7. Big Hero 6 (Disney)

8. Exodus: Gods and Kings (20th Century Fox)

9. Into the Woods (Disney)

10. Big Eyes (Anchor Bay)

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1. Interstellar (Paramount)

2. Unbroken* (Universal)

3. Wild Card (Lionsgate)

4. Exodus: Gods and Kings (20th Century Fox)

5. Into the Woods (Disney)

6. Big Hero 6 (Disney)

7. Penguins of Madagascar (20th Century Fox)

8. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies* (Warner Bros.)

9. A Most Violent Year (Lionsgate)

10. Annie (Sony)

* Available for rental before Redbox and Netflix

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1. Interstellar (Paramount)

2. Wild Card (Lionsgate)

3. Exodus: Gods and Kings* (20th Century Fox)

4. Into the Woods (Disney)

5. Penguins of Madagascar* (20th Century Fox)

6. Big Hero 6 (Disney)

7. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies* (Warner Bros.)

8. Unbroken* (Universal)

9. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (20th Century Fox)

10. The Imitation Game (Anchor Bay)

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1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies* (Warner Bros.)

2. Exodus: Gods and Kings* (20th Century Fox)

3. Unbroken* (Universal)

4. Into the Woods (Disney)

5. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb* (20th Century Fox)

6. Big Hero 6 (Disney)

7. Penguins of Madagascar* (20th Century Fox)

8. Annie (Sony)

9. Horrible Bosses 2 (Warner Bros.)

10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 (Lionsgate)

* Available for rental before Redbox and Netflix

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1. Exodus: Gods and Kings* (20th Century Fox)

2. Penguins of Madagascar* (20th Century Fox)

3. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb* (20th Century Fox)

4. Vice (Lionsgate)

5. Big Hero 6 (Disney)

6. Annie (Sony)

7. Horrible Bosses 2 (Warner Bros.)

8. Top Five (Paramount)

9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 (Lionsgate)

10. Foxcatcher (Sony)

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Ridley Scott somehow makes the Old Testament quite boring in Exodus: Gods and Kings, a laborious treatment of the story of Moses (Christian Bale) and his tumultuous relationship with Ramses (Joel Edgerton).

There are stretches of the movie that look pretty good, including a massive gator attack that turns a river blood red, and the infamous frog plague that makes things unpleasant in Egypt. As good as some of these things look, however, they often sound really stupid, thanks to a pedestrian screenplay and an ever-wandering Bale accent. There are times when he sounds like straight-up Christian Bale, and others when he inexplicably sounds like an American rabbi from Brooklyn.

Scott can make great movies, but his period epics, including this, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood tend to stink. While he wastes time in this particular sandbox, he’s being taken away from more important matters, like getting the Prometheus and Blade Runner sequels into production and in front of my face. No more historical epics from Ridley Scott, please!

Exodus: Gods and Kings is playing at theaters across the valley.

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