‘Battle of the Year 3D’ Review: Chris Brown B-Boy Dance Competition Has All the Wrong Moves

If Jon M. Chu transformed the “Step Up” franchise into the gold standard for modern dance movies, “Battle of the Year 3D” is a runner-up at best.

Shepherded to the screen by Benson Lee, the writer-director of the acclaimed documentary “Planet B-Boy,” the film exudes authenticity in its depiction of the annual dance competition — most notably in acknowledging America’s poor standing within the competitive community. But its dramatization of a U.S. dream team’s journey to the international showcase is leaden with predictable character types and a seemingly inexhaustible wealth of storytelling clichés, neither of which its well-executed but oddly infrequent dance sequences are able to overcome.  Read More...



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