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A superstar cast stars in 'New Year's Eve': movie review (VIDEO)

Set in New York City, 'New Year's Eve' has a superstar cast but a shopworn string of interlocking stories.

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In this film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Katherine Heigl, left, and Jon Bon Jovi are shown in a scene from "New Year's Eve."

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Garry Marshall’s previous all-star theme movie, “Valentine’s Day,” didn’t exactly become a holiday perennial. Undaunted, he’s back with “New Year’s Eve.”

The cast, at least on paper, is formidable, if ill-used. Robert De Niro plays a tubed-up cancer patient, Halle Berry plays his nurse, Michelle Pfeiffer is a lovelorn, mousy office worker. Also turning up are Jessica Biel, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Sarah Jessica Parker, Abigail Breslin, Jon Bon Jovi, Hilary Swank, and many others.

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Katherine Fugate, who also wrote “Valentine’s Day,” sets a score of interlocking scenarios in motion, all of them shopworn. The film is like one of those Robert Altman big-canvas movies minus the inspiration.

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It does have my favorite blatant product plug, though. Featured prominently in the wide-angle shots of Times Square is a huge billboard for the new “Sherlock Holmes” movie – like “New Year’s Eve,” a Warner Brothers production. Grade: C- (Rated PG-13 for language, including some sexual references.)