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In an undated handout photo, Leonardo DiCaprio as the founder of Stratton Oakmont, Jordan Belfort, in "The Wolf of Wall Street." The upcoming movie, recounting Belfort's debauched lifestyle while running the corrupt brokerage, has reopened old wounds among many who were victimized by Stratton's boiler-room sales tactics and penny-stock scams. (Mary Cybulski/Paramount Pictures via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH STORY SLUGGED WOLF SWINDLE VICTIMS BY ANTILLA. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED.

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  • January 4, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Bad word on the ‘Street’

Why the disconnect on “The Wolf of Wall Street” between critics (77 percent approval on Rotten Tomatoes) and moviegoers (C on Cinemascore, worse than “47 Ronin” and “Bad Grandpa”)? Three

theories:  Opening on Christmas Day was

a misstep; the marketing for the Leonardo DiCaprio/Martin Scorsese opus was misleading, and the excess — drugs, sex, greed — is just too excessive. On that score, Leo D. tells Entertainment Weekly, “I hope people understand we’re not condoning this behavior, that we’re indicting it. The book was a cautionary tale, and if you sit through the film, you’ll realize what we’re saying about these people and this world, because it’s an intoxicating one.”

The final reel

“The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey,” “Django Unchained” and “Fast & Furious 6” were the top pirated films of 2013.

CYNTHIA DICKISON

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