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  • Hot Fuzz

    Hot Fuzz

    ★★★½

    The action finale that wowed me upon its initial release continues to leave me cold upon subsequent viewings. The loving genre horseplay that worked so well in Shaun of the Dead is present here, but the line between sly satire and tired stereotypes becomes increasingly blurred as the film wears on. It's long, it's loud, and even Wright's superb sense of staging begins to lose its polish by its end.

  • Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★★½

    I've never seen Clooney try so hard. He has some powerful moments but they continue to feel at odds with his leading-man persona. Likewise, the rest of the cast turn in performances that are individually effective (Viola Davis is particularly outstanding), but don't merge to form an entirely coherent effect. What should be a lyrical and haunting final act ends up feeling rushed and a little off-key.

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  • The Parent Trap II

    The Parent Trap II

    ★★½

    INT. MARY’S HOUSE - DAY

    Mary and Nikki sit at the kitchen table discussing girl stuff.

    TOM SKERRIT enters wearing the most breathtaking shorts you’ve ever seen.

  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    ★★★

    Francis Ford Coppola presents Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a brilliant adaptation of the original novel . . . except when it isn’t . . . which is unfortunately very often.