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‘Battle of the Year’ has some cool moves, but we’ve seen this routine

Rooster (Chris Brown) goes airborne while dance teammates look on in “Battle of the Year.” Josh Holloway, second from left, portrays a former basketball coach who is recruited to make the dancers a cohesive unit.
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Rooster (Chris Brown) goes airborne while dance teammates look on in “Battle of the Year.” Josh Holloway, second from left, portrays a former basketball coach who is recruited to make the dancers a cohesive unit.
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Dance battle movies — “Step Up” and its ilk — have become the musicals of their generation. They may be formulaic in the extreme, generic in their romances and be peopled by character “types.” But they’re athletic extravaganzas celebrating great skill and the art of B-Boys and B-Girls, or breakdancers. They may wear the veneer of “street” and “edgy,” but parents appreciate how harmless they are. “Battle of the Year” touches on that, how the ...

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