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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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Bottle Rocket

The actual payoff in Bottle Rocket is all about the journey, and the somewhat refreshing resolution of lessons not necessarily learned.

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Marley & Me

Granting Marley & Me's source in John Grogan's columns, the dog's service as metaphor in the movie is both obvious and uninspired.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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The Darjeeling Limited

At last, as in the final scene taken by a camera fixed to the exterior of a train as it clickety-clacks forward, the countryside speeding by, the rails extending into the distance, we can see that Wes Anderson is back on track.

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