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“The Lost City” isn’t an especially unique film; its premise draws on “Romancing the Stone” and countless other adventure movies.  

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Its punchlines are recognizable from a distance as the volcano dominating the remote island where most of the story takes place. 

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This is a movie you can get a clear sense of from its opening moments, every beat clearly telegraphed. 

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There is, however, a significant amount of comfort and delight in all this familiarity. Directors and co-writers Adam and Aaron Nee understand exactly what their audience wants 

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much like a good romance novelist might—and deliver an undeniably charming (and refreshingly IP-free) romantic romp. 

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Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) is a burnt-out romance writer whose grief after the loss of her husband threatens to derail her career.  

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Her disdain for her books is only matched by her dislike of their cover model, Alan (Channing Tatum), a seemingly dim beefcake 

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After an event promoting her latest book, Loretta is abducted by explorer/rich guy Abigail (it’s a gender-neutral name,  

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Fairfax knows that the lost city from Loretta’s book is real, and he wants her to translate some ancient writing that leads to a treasure before a volcano erupts and covers the whole thing. 

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Alan mounts an ill-advised expedition to save Loretta, with help from his meditation guru, 

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“The Lost City” may get dinged by some for being formulaic and silly, but it does many things well that are notable. 

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