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Valentino: The Last Emperor

Valentino is an unbelievable character with a huge ego and obvious talents—all of which makes this documentary an eyeful & an earful.

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The Brothers Bloom

I loved this movie until it started it going on and on, and also started to take itself too seriously. For the first hour and a half it's a clever, funny well-directed, and well-acted film about con jobs, but then, for me, it fell apart. The real con job here–and this happens all the time in Hollywood–was done on the film's investors.

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Drag Me to Hell

This is a B movie with an A movie budget. It looks good, it's well directed, but ultimately this is a story that could have been on The Twilight Zone.

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Angels & Demons

It should be obvious that I like preposterous stories—up to a point. Angels & Demons will really test your willingness to suspend your disbelief. And still—the last half is exciting. And the final ten minutes are quite satisfying.

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Management

Jennifer Aniston is terrific in this one, her best since The Good Girl. The movie is flawed—in my eyes—because the first half is a somewhat droll, realistic comedy, while the second half is manic farce. I'm kind of a big fan of organic unity myself.

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Terminator Salvation

Too many angry machines with nothing interesting to say. Give me the Governator.

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Rudo y Cursi

When this story stays down to earth and deals with the realities of life in Mexico it's quite charming, but when it goes Hollywood at times it loses a lot. Clichés are clichés whether they're in English or Spanish.

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Star Trek

[addendum to original review] Jack, our 11-year-old, liked it very much. Said it was great, an adjective he rarely uses.

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