Mediocre mash-up of action and rom-com in ‘This Means War’ plus a good family film, ‘Journey 2’
Directed by Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore), Journey 2 doesn’t add any new wrinkles to the genre, but it provides plenty of enjoyable family fun.
This Means War **
Directed by McG; rated PG-13
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island **1/2
Directed by Brad Peyton; rated PG
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