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Posted: Friday, August 11, 2006 10:00 pm

"Miami Vice"


Director Michael Mann has made a stand-alone police drama, and the effect is something of a mixed bag. A classic instance of style trumping substance when plot development matters most, "Miami Vice" is yet another in a long line of summer movies that fail to accomplish the simple task of giving us the right amount of bang for our bucks. Rated R.

"Clerks II"

*** 1/2

The jokes are still as crude as they come and some of the gags are a little mean-spirited for my tastes, but there's a heart beating just beneath the rough surface of "Clerks II." Rated R.

"Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"

*** 1/2

This installment has an even more inflated running length, more elaborate special effects, and more plot lines. It's a big, loud, expensive summer treat, and I loved every minute of it. Rated PG-13.

"The Devil Wears Prada"

** 1/2

The film wraps itself up in the same cosmopolitan sensibilities that it attempts to satirize and tear down. If there is a saving grace, it's Meryl Streep, who is both vulnerable and terrifying as an ice-queen fashion editor. Rated PG-13.

"Superman Returns"


This Lois Lane and Clark Kent don't soar like they should, but "Superman Returns" is a worthy return for the franchise. It lays a promising foundation for Superman in the new millennium. Rated PG-13.

Movies are reviewed by News-Sentinel movie reviewer Jason Wallis every Saturday.



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