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  • Patton Oswalt as Roache (left) and Steve Carell as Dodge in "Seeking A Friend for the End of the World."

    Focus Features, Darren Michaels

    Patton Oswalt as Roache (left) and Steve Carell as Dodge in "Seeking A Friend for the End of the World."

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  • Patton Oswalt as Roache (left) and Steve Carell as Dodge in "Seeking A Friend for the End of the World."

    Focus Features, Darren Michaels

    Patton Oswalt as Roache (left) and Steve Carell as Dodge in "Seeking A Friend for the End of the World."

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"
Two very different people find each other during the last three weeks of life on Earth.
The first few moments of this film suggest this Earth-ending story is going to be a dark look at humanity when the entire population knows there's only three weeks left to live.
Then the script by director Lorene Scafaria settles into a sweeter tone that shifts this from a foreboding tale of death and destruction to a sweet -- albeit short -- love story.
Grade: B
"Crooked Arrows"
The film wants to do for lacrosse what "Invictus" did for rugby. It's based on the true story of a struggling team of American Indian high school students. Losing has brought great shame on the community because the tribe considers lacrosse a gift from the Great Creator.
Screenwriters Brad Riddell and Todd Baird do a paint-by-numbers telling of the story. Director Steve Rash tries to get believable performances out of a group of mostly amateur actors. Because he cast real lacrosse players, they look good on the field, but they need a lot of coaching when it comes to delivering dialogue.
Grade: B-
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Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)

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