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On stage and screen, Mel Brooks' 'The Producers' is all about two theatrical producers who raise more money than necessary for an intentionally awful show, "Springtime for Hitler," so that the play will close immediately, the books will go unchecked and they can take the money and run.

It's easy to wonder if -- with its jetpack-wearing Nazi-like rats shooting at children from the skies and its great white sharks being electrocuted for fun -- 'The Nutcracker in 3D' isn't the result of some similar scheme. At the reported cost of $90 million, director Andrei Konchalovsky has framed the classic ballet against imagery undeniably evocative of WWII Germany, and that's just the first of the film's many problems.

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