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Posted: Friday, May 16, 2008 10:00 pm

"Iron Man"

**** (out of four)

Despite its straight-forward nature and lack of daring, "Iron Man" delivers on a level that not even the most fervent and blindly optimistic comic book geek could have anticipated. Favreau may lack the ingenuity of directors like Sam Raimi (the "Spider-Man" trilogy) and especially Christopher Nolan ("Batman Begins"), but what he lack in originality he more than makes up for in old-fashioned storytelling savvy. His "Iron Man" is lean and proficient, and hits all the right notes in bringing this long-awaited project to the big screen.

"Harold And Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay"

* 1/2

We have "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay," which isn't so much a sequel as it is a half-hearted rehash of "White Castle." It offers little of its predecessor's (relative) intelligence, and absolutely none of its originality. Indiscriminate "Harold and Kumar" fans will probably enjoy it, but most viewers will likely be bored of the same old shtick.

"Forgetting Sarah MarshalL"

*** 1/2

While it doesn't quite measure up to previous efforts "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up" (both directed by Judd Apatow) and "Superbad," this is still one of the freshest and funniest comedies we're likely to see for a while … or, at least, until the team's next project, "Pineapple Express," is released this summer.

"Street Kings"


On a purely visceral level, "Street Kings" is consistently engaging. There are a few lulls (if Ludlow isn't going to be further developed as a character, why waste time showing us cursory scenes of him kissing on his girlfriend, or lamenting the loss of his adulterous wife?), but overall the story is tight and offers its share of tension-filled action scenes. However, when the film digs deep into the conspiracy that fuels the story, it becomes somewhat laughable.

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



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