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Iron Man 3 (C). I remember enjoying the first Iron Man and not caring much for the second one. The latest installment also left me cold. Once again, Robert Downey, Jr. (The Avengers) plays the swaggering genius-zillionaire Tony Stark. Only now, Stark has lost a bit of his swagger–he even has an occasional panic attack, for crying out loud! But this is no time for Stark to take a soul-searching sabbatical, for a new threat has emerged–a superterrorist called the Mandarin, played with some panache by Ben Kingsley (House of Sand and Fog). Unfortunately, the innumerable explosions, the endless digital effects, and even the remarkably steely abs of Gwyneth Paltrow (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) just weren’t that entertaining. And I wasn’t the only one who was turned off; I saw a family in the theater with a couple of kids, one of whom was dressed up at Iron Man, and about halfway through the film, I realized that they had all left. It is probably too violent for little ones, I guess, but it is rated PG-13 after all. Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential), Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda), and Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) costar. Oh, be sure to stay through all the closing credits for an amusing final scene.