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    Review, "Captain America": A Hero Bland as Milk

    The least you can expect from a superhero is that he’ll be colorful and more dynamic than real life – it’s pretty much the job requirement – but if there is a more homogenized, blander hero than the new Captain America, I haven’t encountered him.

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    Review: “Harry Potter” and J.K. Rowling’s Cinematic Genius

    “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic,” Dumbledore tells Harry in the magnificent final installment of the Harry Potter series, but that sentiment doesn’t denigrate screen magic at all. J.K. Rowling’s writing has a visual, cinematic style to match her compelling narrative gifts, and th...

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    Horrible Bosses: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis in the Real Hangover Sequel

    Horrible Bosses is the funniest comedy since The Hangover – the real Hangover, not this year’s lame sequel. In fact, it is everything you might have wanted a Hangover sequel to be. The outlandish premise is carried by an ideal cast, with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day as friends plott...

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    Catherine Breillat's Enrapturing "Sleeping Beauty" Opens

    With echoes of Alice in Wonderland, Catherine Breillat’s lyrical and thoughtful The Sleeping Beauty is a fantasy-driven journey through a girl’s awakening to sex and love; you don’t have to be a princess to relate. Now this beautiful, enrapturing film is finally arriving in theaters after having bee...

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    Rapt: French Thriller About Womanizing Mogul Echoes Strauss-Kahn

    With unplanned but impeccable timing, this fascinating French thriller about a womanizing business mogul comes just in time to catch the latest Dominique Strauss-Kahn developments. The story is based on the 1978 case of Baron Edouard-Jean Empain (really unknown here), which fortunately has been upd...

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    "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop": Touring as Anger Management

    “It’s like a gall stone,” Conan O’Brien says about his fury at the way he was treated when Jay Leno swiped back the Tonight show. “It just has to work its way through my urethra . .. . and then I’ll be through with those fuckers at NBC.” This doc about his post-Tonight live tour charts that painful...

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    Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern: Big Bolts of Light, Teeny Imagination

    Just when you’re thinking how silly it is for anyone to expect a tiny green eye mask to disguise a superhero’s identity, a woman he has rescued looks adoringly into the Green Lantern’s eyes and says . . . “Hal?!” That recognition offers one of the rare sharp moments in Green Lantern. The film has R...

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    Review, "Super 8": Who Is This Movie For?

    All the way through J.J. Abrams’ perfectly congenial Super 8, I kept wondering: who is this film for? Child-friendly though it is, it’s obviously not aimed at kids, who expect something less nostalgic than the story of middle-school students in a 70’s suburb riding bikes and making a zombie movie. A...

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    "From Britain With Love": Helena Bonham Carter and Other Imports

    We’ve seen Helena Bonham-Carter change in a flash from wild, witchy Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter films to the Queen Mum in The King’s Speech, to the real-life character who showed up at the Golden Globes with playfully mismatched shoes (it was a fashion statement). She is just as engagin...

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    The Hangover II: Maybe What Happened in Bangkok Should Have Stayed In Bangkok?

    Bangkok – bigger, sexier, sleazier than Vegas! That’s the transparent thinking behind The Hangover Part II. If you’ve been anywhere near a TV or seen a movie trailer lately, you know that this sequel brings Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis to Thailand for another wedding, letting them...

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