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1. “Home Alone 3” Location: Lyons, Spokane Valley Mall, Post Falls Cinema, Showboat Credits: Director by Raja Gosnell, starring Alex D. Linz, Haviland Morris, Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt, David Thornton, Lenny Von Dohlen, Kevin Kilner, Marian Seldes Running time: 1:43 Rating: PG

2. OTHER VIEWS Here’s what other critics say about “Home Alone 3:” Michael Rechtshaffen/The Hollywood Reporter: While “Home Alone 3” is a virtual Xerox of the oft-imitated “Home Alone” blueprint, young Alex D. Linz makes for a highly charming lead and, as a whole, the John Hughes-penned script isn’t as mean-spirited as the previous installment. And, despite the relative sameness of it all, Hughes still manages to throw in a funny wrinkle here and there, keeping the high jinks humming. Robert Philpot/Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Ah, remember the good ol’ days, when cartoons were cartoons and John Hughes was a lightweight but relatively respectable filmmaker? That was in the mid-‘80s, when Hughes at least made an effort at substance with teen-oriented movies like “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink.” Then came the ‘90s, and with the live-action cartoon “Home Alone,” Hughes found his gold mine. Or rather, he found his well, because he keeps going back to it again and again, not only in the new “Home Alone 3,” but in the recent “Baby’s Day Out, 101 Dalmatians” and “Flubber,” all of which Hughes scripted. … You can’t really say much new about Hughes, because he has nothing new to say. You can’t really say much new about “Home Alone 3,” either. Bob Thomas/Associated Press: The trouble with sequels is that they lack surprise. You know that Sigourney Weaver is going to get slimed and that Pierce Brosnan will bluff his way out of a nasty fix. John Hughes, creator of the “Home Alone” franchise and writer and co-producer of “Home Alone 3,” figures he didn’t need any surprises: Just take the blueprint for the first of the series and slip it in the copying machine.

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