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Compelling character of earlier films loses his appeal in prequel

Tyler Perry plays the title role in “Alex Cross.” (Summit Entertainment)
Tyler Perry plays the title role in “Alex Cross.” (Summit Entertainment)
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“Alex Cross” is an interesting exercise in back-engineering, a prequel that takes us back to the days before the psychologist/police profiler was the sage, solemn and inscrutable sleuth that Morgan Freeman ably brought to the screen in two films over a decade ago. This Cross is cocky, a bit trigger-happy, prone to revenge, a real “action hero.” And this Cross is played by Tyler Perry. But by definition, he’s less interesting. When you fill in ...

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