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Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Cristoph Waltz

“CARNAGE” My rating: B  (Opens Jan. 13)

79 minutes | MPAA rating: R

Wickedly funny and maddeningly claustrophobic, Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” is a sort of pretention-free “No Exit” in which four characters are trapped in a hell from which there appears to be no escape.

Actually it’s a nicely-appointed Brooklyn apartment owned by Michael (John C.Reilly) and Penelope (Jodie Foster).  Visiting are another couple, Nancy (Kate Winslet) and Alan (Christoph Waltz).

Nancy and Alan’s 11-year-old son Zachary has ended a playground argument by smashing Michael and Penelope’s son Eliot in the face with a stick.  Now the parents are coming together to make amends in a nice, civilized fashion.

Good luck with that.

Almost from the beginning you can tell that this attempt at reconciliation is not going well.

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Jacob Wysocki, John C.Reilly

“TERRI” My rating: C+ (Opening Aug. 26 at the Tivoli)

105 minutes | MPAA rating: R

Taking a cue from its Baby Huey-ish title character, “Terri” has a big heart.

But you’ve got to wade through a lot of weirdness to get a glimpse of it.

The nominal hero of director Azazel Jacobs’ film is an obese bundle of lethargy. Not that Terri (Jacob Wysocki) has a whole lot to get excited about.

Abandoned by his parents, the teen lives in a sort of bric-a-brac-littered fairy tale cottage in the middle of the woods with his Uncle James (Creed Bratton), who is battling dementia.

One day Uncle James seems alert and erudite; the next he’s a drowsy zombie.

It’s hard to tell who’s taking care of whom.

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