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Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 10:00 pm

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

*** 1/2 (out of four)

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.

"Nacho Libre"

no stars

Jack Black is disappointing, but the crux of the problem is writer/director Jared Hess, who infuses "Nacho Libre" with a smugness that might be called elitist if it weren't so insincere. Rated PG.

"Cars"

***1/2

The work of Pixar's animation team is a wonder to behold, and the voice cast adds good depth to their creations. But at nearly two hours, the movie wears a little thin. Rated G.

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

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