Kenneth Turan Kenneth Turan is the film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Morning Edition, as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.
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'Wall Street' Sequel Needs More Evil

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Uncomfortably Three: Friends bound by a set future must also resolve a love triangle. Alex Bailey/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Caught In The Act? Joaquin Phoenix may have been crazy as a bedbug during the filming of I'm Still Here, said to be a documentary of a dark year in his life. On the other hand, the two-time Oscar nominee may have been crazy like a fox. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Love Story: Jack (George Clooney) is an American assassin whose job typically requires him to be a loner on the go. He falls for Clara (Violante Placido) while on an Italian retreat. Giles Keyte/Focus Features hide caption

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'The Expendables:' Over-The-Hill Bad Boys?

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Spot The Schmuck: Paul Rudd (right) stars as Tim, an ambitious executive tasked with finding a weirdo to bring to his boss's dinner -- for the high-flying hedge-fund types to mock. Steve Carell plays the oddball in question, a bizarre IRS agent who moonlights as a taxidermist. Merie Weismiller Wallace/Paramount hide caption

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From Russia With Love: Salt's Soviet-era spy paranoia would have seemed desperately outdated just a few months ago; now, luckily for the filmmakers, it's the hot-button issue. Andrew Schwartz hide caption

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Who Is 'Salt'? Tastily Enough, It's Angelina Jolie

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Dream Weaver: Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Inception as Cobb, a thief who specializes in extracting secrets from others' minds. Melissa Moseley/Warner Bros. hide caption

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'Inception': What Dreams May Come (And Go Away)

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White Out: Director M. Night Shyamalan's adaptation of the Asian-inspired TV series has drawn criticism from fans for the casting of white actors in almost all the lead roles. Paramount Pictures hide caption

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'Airbender': A Kid Flick With Little To Lure Parents

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He Shoots, He Scores: Tom Cruise stars as a gentlemanly secret agent who's equally adept at delivering compliments and riding motorcycles backward. Cameron Diaz plays his hapless-bystander foil. Frank Masi/20th Century Fox hide caption

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Bear Necessities: In Toy Story 3, new character Lots-o-Huggin' Bear (voiced by Ned Beatty) explains the ropes of Sunnyside Daycare Center to series regulars Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Woody (Tom Hanks). Disney/Pixar hide caption

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Buzz, Woody Et Al., Learning Life's Harder Lessons

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Lock And Load: Ludicrously named army veterans Face Peck (Bradley Cooper) and Hannibal Smith (Liam Neeson), who comprise half of the four-man A-Team, show off their impressive artillery. Doug Curran/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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In This Big Screen Adaptation, 'A' Is For Action

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Rich, Poor -- You Know The Drill: Russell Crowe plays yet another Hollywood variation on Robin Hood, the expert archer who makes it his mission to save a town from their own sheriff. Kerry Brown hide caption

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