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Review: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Dusting off the same old display cases
By TOM MEEK  |  May 19, 2009
2.0 2.0 Stars

VIDEO: The trailer for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

In the three years since last he was on screen, Ben Stiller's bored night guard, Larry Daley, has become a well-to-do hawker of infomercial crap, but he's still not in the right place. So once again the magic golden tablet brings to life museum exhibits, except this time Larry finds himself in the archive vault of the title DC institution.

Spurred by a harried call, he takes an impromptu road trip from New York to the Capitol, where he finds his reanimated iconic friends at the mercy of an Egyptian pharaoh, Kahmunrah (a game Hank Azaria, who also does Lincoln and Rodin's The Thinker), with world domination (could you guess?) in mind. The eclectic cast of historical characters strikes a richer vein this time around (especially Amy Adams channeling Kate Hepburn as Amelia Earhart), but overall Smithsonian just dusts off the same old display cases.

Shawn Levy, who's best known for remakes of Cheaper by the Dozen and Pink Panther, directs.

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