‘Focus’ starts strong, then blurs

February 28, 2015 4:36 AM

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‘Focus’ starts strong, then blurs

There’s a terrific popcorn movie in “Focus” — a con-game romantic comedy that bubbles along on a playful high and that keeps the audience guessing in a state of delighted suspension of disbelief.

Unfortunately, that movie is over after 40 minutes, and “Focus” still has another hour or so to go. Con-artist movies are themselves a form of hustle, with filmmakers challenged to play tricky but fair and the audience challenged to keep up. This one, written and directed by the not untalented team ...

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