Movie capsules: Short reviews of what’s in theaters

Robert Downey Jr. returns as the hero in “Iron Man 3.”
Robert Downey Jr. returns as the hero in “Iron Man 3.”Walt Disney Pictures

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½ Iron Man 3 The weakest in the series, it suffers from confused plotting, flat-footed exposition, and more pure, noisy nonsense than even a comic-book movie should have to put up with. Yet whenever Robert Downey Jr. cuts through the claptrap, it’s still the most subversive Marvel franchise around. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, and Ben Kingsley. In 3-D. (130 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

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