'Into the Woods,' 'Unbroken' make strong showings at box office

December 31, 2014 4:24 PM

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'Into the Woods,' 'Unbroken' make strong showings at box office

Stephen Sondheim's musical makes a smooth transition to the big screen in this adaptation written by the musical's book writer, James Lapine, and directed by Rob Marshall. Darker than the original musical, it retains most of the songs while streamlining some of the story. Still, the last third drags a bit, though not fatally. (PG) 124 minutes - M.L.

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