Night at the Museum (2006, USA) C-108m. *** D: Shawn Levy. Starring Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs, Jake Cherry, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Patrick Gallagher, Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson. Stiller plays a divorced dad who wants to impress his 10-year-old son and takes up a job in a museum as a night watchman. His three aged predecessors (Van Dyke, Rooney, Cherry, all great fun) should have let him know that all the exhibits (animals and people, even statues) come alive during the night! Lots of impressive effects, some laughs in this typical blockbuster. Enjoyable, if you can excuse the rather conventional plotting and lapses in logic. This was Van Dyke's first theatrical role since DICK TRACY (1990)! Good score by Alan Silvestri. Photographed by Guillermo Navarro.

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