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Dinner and a Movie: "Identity Thief"

The movie is playing at AMC Stonecrest 16. Check out our suggestion for a place to eat afterward.

The new movie "Identity Thief" filmed scenes in the Atlanta area. Might that be the only reason to see it? Some reviewers don't like this movie very much.

Critic Michael Phillips writes on Chicagotribune.com:

The screenwriter of "Identity Thief," Craig Mazin, gave us "The Hangover Part II." All these pictures belong to the same realm of exhausted, mean-spirited comedy, pushing casually sadistic mayhem in the guise of slapstick, destined to make millions on the backs of its actors. You can't really talk about any of these pictures in terms of their comic machinery because, at heart, they're barely comedies. They're situations in search of comedy.

Ouch.

"Identity Thief," rated R, is playing today (Feb.8) at the following times: 10:50 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 10 p.m.

Here's what Todd McCarthy wrote about the movie for The Hollywood Reporter:

With their releases coming less than two months apart, the double-whammy of bad road trips represented in the under-performing The Guilt Trip and now the hard-to-watch Identity Thief may reduce the appeal of cross-country driving trips by a measurable amount.

So, the reviews aren't glowing. But if you do see it, and find yourself hungry afterward, you might try Metro Cafe Diner, 1905 Rockbridge Rd. near Stone Mountain Highway. Check out the restaurant's health inspection score here.

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