*** 1/2 (out of four)
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"
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"
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.
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.
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.
Movies are reviewed by News-Sentinel movie reviewer Jason Wallis every Saturday.