New ‘Night at the Museum’ is a bit musty

December 17, 2014 11:35 PM

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For piquing kids’ interest in history and nature, you could do worse than this goofy Ben Stiller franchise. But its third installment is more meh than manic, too reliant on wide shots of the ragtag Museum of Natural History cohorts striding down corridors. You get the feeling returning director Shawn Levy is ready to hang it up.

An Egyptian tablet that makes the museum’s inhabitants come alive — as they’ve done in the first two films — is on the fritz, so Stiller’s night watchman character, Larry, heads to the British Museum to solicit repair advice from its original owner, a pharaoh played by Ben Kingsley (an amusing flip ...

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