“THE HAPPYTIME MUR­DERS”

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If you want to see pup­pets do ev­ery­thing pup­pets should not do, this movie is for you. That’s re­ally the idea be­hind the pic­ture, and the adult and of­ten pro­fane nov­elty gets old be­fore very long. The story bor­rows its main trick from “Who Framed Roger Rab­bit,” in which hu­mans and car­toons lived be­side one another. Here, it’s hu­mans and pup­pets, putting the sleuth played by Melissa McCarthy back in the com­pany of her pup­pet ex-part­ner to stop the killings of the stars of a pop­u­lar TV show. El­iz­a­beth Banks is amusing as an ex­otic dancer in a cast di­rected by Brian Hen­son. Still, don’t be fooled by the fam­ily name: This def­i­nitely is a dif­fer­ent an­i­mal. (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand)

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