Originally created 12/13/04

Capsule reviews of new films



Capsule reviews of films currently playing in theaters:

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"Ocean's Twelve" - The ads for this sequel proclaim, albeit in a coolly understated way, that "Twelve is the new eleven." But bigger isn't necessarily better. Under the direction once again of Steven Soderbergh - whose 2001 remake of "Ocean's Eleven" was such a giddy, fizzy thrill - nouveau Rat Packers George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, et al. return for more heists, in more countries, in more foreign languages and with more celebrity cameos. The result is a film that's surprisingly heavy on its feet. It does have its share of clever moments, and often bursts with stylized cool. Julia Roberts gets to make fun of herself by playing a woman who pretends to be Julia Roberts. And Catherine Zeta-Jones joins the mix as a European detective. PG-13 for language. 120 min. Two and a half stars out of four.

- Christy Lemire, AP Movie Critic

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"Blade: Trinity" - The third and hopefully final installment in Wesley Snipes' franchise about a half-human, half-vampire hunter of the undead is a bloody mess. The showdown between Snipes' Blade and the father of all vampires, Dracula (Dominic Purcell), is a deafening bore filled with unimaginative action and repetitive visual effects, and the characters - both dead and alive - are as stiff as real corpses. Blade teams with a couple of young vampire slayers (Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds) to take on Dracula and his snaky little band of bloodsuckers, including a woefully miscast Parker Posey. R for strong pervasive violence and language, and some sexual content. 114 min. One and a half stars out of four.

- David Germain, AP Movie Writer