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Stiller and Co. preserve humor in 'Museum' sequel

Same story, different site. In the 2006 movie Night at the Museum, Ben Stiller's aspiring inventor Larry Daley takes a job as a night watchman at New York's American Museum of Natural History.

Magically, the exhibits come to life, and he finds himself face to face with famous figures from the past, including Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), and a runaway Tyrannosaurus rex. Laughs and craziness ensue before Daley gets everything under control and learns some life lessons.

In Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Daley, now a successful inventor, has to rescue some of his friends who have been sent to the famed institution in Washington.

Williams is back, as are Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan as Jedediah and Octavius, two battling miniature warriors — one a cowboy, one a Roman soldier. New to the spectacle is a giant marble Abraham Lincoln who comes to life to straighten out a few people, plus bobble-headed Einsteins, a wrong- headed Gen. George Custer (Bill Hader), and a sexy, slang-talking Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), who provides a bit of a love interest for Daley.

The bad guys are Hank Azaria's fictional evil Pharaoh Kahmunrah, Christopher Guest's Ivan the Terrible, Alain Chabat's Napoleon and Jon Bernthal's Al Capone.

None of this will teach kids any history, but the film has the same silly inventiveness of the first, and for the most part, it's innocently (and loudly) entertaining.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian retails for $29.98, $34.98 for two discs and $39.99 on Blu-ray.

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