March 28, 2008 Competition fuels both 21, about a college card-counter working Vegas, and Run Fatboy Run, about a shlub who runs a marathon for love's sake. But neither film takes the gold with NPR's critic.
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March 27, 2008 An Army sergeant returns from Iraq to his Texas hometown, believing he's seen his last tour of duty. But he soon finds the Army wants to send him back. Wrenching, evenhanded, and so packed with incident and issues that it's as exhausting as it is moving.
March 27, 2008 A brilliant MIT student joins a professor and a group of mathematicians in a Las Vegas card-counting scheme. It's a sort of collegiate Ocean's 16, and it's sharp enough — even if the counting system, as explained (endlessly) in the film, is a bit complex.
March 27, 2008 Frustrated by the glass ceiling, an exec (Demi Moore) in the diamond trade decides to help a janitor with a jewel heist. Moore looks the part, and she and co-star Michael Caine are engaging enough, but a cleverer script would make for a better caper.
March 27, 2008 Vaguely pudgy guy (Simon Pegg) leaves ravishing, pregnant bride-to-be (Thandie Newton) at the altar, hopes to win her back five years later by running a marathon. David Schwimmer directs with an amiable looseness — and a bit more slapstick than necessary.
March 21, 2008 Six Tibetan teenagers trek to the top of the 23,000-foot-high Lhakpa Ri peak, on the north side of Mount Everest — a trek that might well be worthy of documenting even if the climbers weren't blind.
March 21, 2008 The work of America's military doctors and nurses in Iraq is recorded in Terry Sanders' documentary; there's no editorializing, admirably, though the sight of 19-year-olds having limbs amputated does raise questions about the politics of war.
March 21, 2008 An Eastern European immigrant struggles with family dramas after he moves to Australia with his wife and son. Richard Roxburgh's pretty but ponderous melodrama boasts fine performances, but its story proves so downbeat and attenuated that it's hard to stay engaged.
March 20, 2008 After his grandmother dies, 9-year-old Carlitos decides to jump the Mexico-U.S. border to find his mother, who is working in Los Angeles. What he doesn't know: She's on her way to find him, too, and many a danger awaits.
March 20, 2008 Three high-schoolers hire a broke, out-of-work bodyguard to protect them from a bully; punches get thrown, groins kicked, Life Lessons learned. The bottom line? It's generic, and a probable crowd-pleaser.
March 18, 2008 The Oscar-winning writer-director (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley) died Tuesday of a brain hemorrhage. The eight films he had completed won 10 Academy Awards and were nominated for 24.
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March 14, 2008 Frenzied and elephantine where it needs to be light as a speck of dust, this exhausting attempt to bring one of Dr. Seuss's best-known children's stories to life is visually imaginative, but otherwise strictly for kids.
March 7, 2008 This weekend, Hollywood's biggest movie release is set in 10,000 BC. But two other "period" movies — The Bank Job and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day — prove more interesting. Both play with movie styles that have mostly gone out of fashion.
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March 6, 2008 In late-'40s New York, an adulterous husband plans to kill his wife while his best friend plots to steal his mistress. There's duplicity enough for a Restoration comedy — and conflicting dramatic impulses enough to make the film a mishmash.
March 6, 2008 A seemingly perfect bank heist goes wrong when thieves in London are overheard on ham radio. Based (loosely) on a real-life 1971 robbery, the film's an amusingly detailed, pleasantly plausible fiction.
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