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Summer of Same: May 2009

May's titles include the fourth films in two aging franchises, more Pixar perfection, and the reboot of a TV series from 40 years ago. And they say there are no new ideas.

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Juno

Teens have their precious catchphrases and secret languages, but they're nervous, fumbling creatures. They don’t come equipped with Chaucer-like witticisms, or razor-sharp retorts.

Jarrett Berman
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Juno

A movie about a 16-year-old girl's unplanned pregnancy, Juno manages to avoid any significant emotional depths, despite its plainly complex subject.

Daynah Burnett
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The Kingdom

Boasting charismatic stars and a topical focus on terrorism, the film adds one more cagey detail -- a hint of moral challenge to its own thrills-and-chills violence.

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