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Final 'Potter' film is sad and satisfying

If last year's Deathly Hallows: Part 1 marked the beginning of the end with doom and gloom, Part 2 wraps things up once and for all on a note of melancholy.
Scorsese's 'Hugo' leads Oscars with 11 nominations

Hugo, War Horse, The Help and Moneyball among those nominated for best picture.
The animated Astro Boy is 'pretty forgettable'

LOS ANGELES --- The animated Astro Boy is a shiny hodgepodge of Pinocchio, WALL-E, Oliver Twist, Gladiator and Superman with some obvious visual touches taken from The Iron Giant . As its own entity, though, it's pretty forgettable.
'Extract ' is a bland, unappetizing concoction

LOS ANGELES --- Ten years ago, Mike Judge satirized the absurdities of the workplace experience from the perspective of put-upon employees with Office Space . It became a cult favorite on cable and home video, to the point that it changed the way you looked at the common stapler.
'Transformers' shape-shifts into noise, nonsense

LOS ANGELES - A joyless cacophony, an insistent and seemingly endless onslaught, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," director Michael Bay's follow-up to the 2007 smash "Transformers" plays more like a parody of a Bay movie.
'Star Trek' bold, but with some trouble

LOS ANGELES - J.J. Abrams' hugely anticipated summer extravaganza "Star Trek" boldly goes to the past within the distant future of the "Trek" universe, years ahead of the TV series and the myriad movies and spin-offs it spawned.
The humor begins to boil quickly in the wacky 'Burn After Reading'

Burn After Reading , the latest offering in the eclectic filmography of Joel and Ethan Coen, is not to be taken seriously -- one look at Brad Pitt's blond-streaked pouf of hair tells you that -- and it's certainly not to be compared to their starkly violent Academy Award-winner from last year, No Country for Old Men .
'Traitor' never quite hits mark

Traitor is the kind of movie so many of us yearn to see: It's intense and intelligent, has something to say without being pedantic and presents complicated issues without condescension.
'Step Brothers' can't rise to challenge

The title is Step Brothers . You know, because there are two of them, but Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are playing the same person, which is the movie's fundamental, irreparable flaw.
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'Drillbit' keeps going into same monotonous vein of comedy

Do you hear that? That shrill, shrieking sound coming from your local multiplex? That would be the Judd Apatow machine slowly, steadily winding down after humming along so brilliantly for so long.