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Will 'Need for Speed' make the surge in racing films backfire?
Will 'Need for Speed' make the surge in racing films backfire?

This weekend, millions will turn out to see “Need for Speed,” DreamWorks’ heavily promoted, erratically constructed car-racing/man-on-a-mission movie. Or so the studio hopes. With its Super Bowl ad and ABC prime-time tie-ins, distributor Disney has been pushing the pedal to make “Need for Speed” a broad hit. But just as important as (and, in fact, related to) the question of whether it can pull that off — an estimated $25 million to $30 million weekend doesn’t exactly make a blockbuster — is how the film throws a monkey wrench into the modern car-chase movie. And not necessarily the good kind of monkey wrench. If you think you’ve been seeing a lot of driving movies in the last few years,...

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