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‘Escape From Planet Earth'

Not reviewed; PG for action and some mild rude humor • Wide release

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By David Frese
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

What is it? A nerdy alien has to go to Earth to save his super-studly space-exploring older brother who has been captured by the U.S. government. Featuring the voices of Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, William Shatner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, George Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Jane Lynch.

Why didn't the Weinstein Co. show it to critics? A rep for the studio said final prints weren't ready in time to set up screenings for the press.

Why we'd see it: Having Shatner, aka Captain Kirk from the original “Star Trek,” voice the U.S. general who captures the aliens is inspired.

Why we wouldn't: These 3-D kiddie movies are usually 20 minutes of things-flying-at-the-camera too long. And it was written by the people who made those awful “Hoodwinked” movies.

David Frese is a staff writer for The Kansas City Star.

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