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'Mary and Max' Is Better Than 'Avatar' and 'Shrek' Combined

Mary and Max is the irresistible tale of two pen-friends: eight-year-old Australian, Mary and 42-year-old New Yorker, Max. Claymation is at its best in this film which also boasts clever dialogue and off-beat humor.

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Summer of Same: August 2009

With names like Tarantino, Lee, and Zombie, the final month of the season pulls out all the film geek stops. Still, the only guarantee is familiarity, not freshness.

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Summer of Same: July 2009

In a rare attempt at novelty, July jets along with only Harry Potter and the Ice Age crew sampling continuing series spoils. The rest provide unknown pleasures.

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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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Hulk: Revisited

In preparation for the franchise reboot starring Edward Norton, SE&L looks back at Ang Lee's 2003 version of the Big Green Meanie, a criminally marginalized movie that truly didn't deserve the critical or commercial drubbing it took at the time.

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The Other Boleyn Girl

Based on the bodice-ripping novel by Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl is, in a word, ridiculous.

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Lucky You (2006)

A good movie about poker, but only good enough to appeal to those who enjoy watching card games on TV.

Brett Parker
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Lucky You (2006)

The cuts are obvious, the rhythms sluggish, and the dialogue redundant, as if the movie's afraid you've missed it the first time.

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Monkey Business (Part 1: May)

Talk about frontloading your approach. Each week in this first full month of patented popcorn movies finds another famous franchise icon making a major blockbuster bow. Only truly disastrous results from these guaranteed crowd-pleasers will keep the coffers from clogging with cash.

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Munich (2005)

Munich is about the shifting meaning the city's name took on after that dire moment in 1972, the shorthand it became for survivors, historians, and avengers.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Black Hawk Down: Superbit (2001)

Black Hawk Down illustrates well the absurdity and chaos of urban warfare: there's no ground to be won, no victory to be claimed.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Troy (2004)

According to Troy, war is all about reputation.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Hulk (2003)

In Hulk, the comic books' critique of institutional authority and the way U.S. culture perceives and deals with difference is evacuated.

Todd R. Ramlow
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Black Hawk Down (2001)

An action movie dressed up like an art film, 'Black Hawk Down' is not about betrayal or anger, but heroism and patriotic fervor.

Cynthia Fuchs
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