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More not necessarily better for 'Step Up'
With "Step Up Revolution," their second summertime at-bat after "Rock of Ages," producers Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot return to one of the things they do best -- making young unknowns look like the next big thing. In its fourth installment.
 
Callow 'Cha Cha'
Sparkling insights on the issue of one's identity and the subtleties of twin sisterhood lie at the core of "Cha Cha for Twins" (寶米恰恰). The puppy romance spun around the central theme is sweet but also callow and somewhat stifling.
 
'Dallas' makes a comeback with faces old and new
It's a good thing that J.R. Ewing only shot himself in a mirror in the final episode of "Dallas" back in 1991. Now he can rejoin the rest of the gang for a revival of the cult TV series.
 
Director Zoya Akhtar's road trip drama "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" swept the top honors, including best picture and best director, at the "Bollywood Oscars" held late Saturday in Singapore.
 
Nothing can sink 'Titanic'
The only question looming over "Titanic 3D," really, is: Does the 3D get in the way? The ever-canny James Cameron has wisely resisted the temptation to tweak the film's Oscar-winning special effects
 
'Tinker' — old fashioned espionage
Espionage films are ultimately about loyalty. Who can you believe? Who might go turncoat? Is there a dagger beneath that cloak? "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" confronts the dilemma of trust in every scene.
 
Too late 'To Talk About Kevin' (凱文怎麼了)
"We Need to Talk About Kevin" is a horror movie for parents. Strip away the showy flashbacks -- cutting between several pasts and several points in the present -- and it's "We Need to talk About Damien." Because the only simple, satisfying way of explaining the monster at the heart of this nightmare is "He's the spawn of the Devil."
 
Quiet 'Lady' (以愛之名:翁山蘇姬)
If "The Lady" is any indication, Luc Besson, the Paris-born filmmaker behind such testosterone-fueled thrillers as "Taken," "Transporter 2" and "The Fifth Element," is having a tough time getting in touch with his feminine side. Yes, there was his recent script for "Colombiana," but at least as portrayed by Zoe Saldana, that was one tough chick.
 
'A Simple Life' upside-down (桃姐)
"A simple Life" (桃姐) resonates beyond the audience's fictional limitations. It succesfully taps into the harbored memories, and at times, makes the sentiment surface to remind us how we can all strive to be better to our family and loved ones.
 
Spooky 'Woman in Black' (顫慄黑影)
Daniel Radcliffe acquits himself reasonably well in his first adult big-screen role, a man haunted by "The Woman in Black." He plays a young lawyer, a single father and widower with enough conviction to make this spooky period piece credible, though one might wish for a little more fear in the character and in his performance when confronted by the supernaturally sinister. I guess once you've faced down Lord Voldemort, you ain't afraid of no ghosts.
 
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