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You, the viewer, will find boredom.

Who's in It: George Clooney, Tobey Maguire, Cate Blanchett, Beau Bridges

The Basics: It's just after World War II, and Clooney is searching for the woman he loves (Blanchett) in Berlin. He finds her, but she's descended into hard-boiled prostitution and exclamations about surviving. He also finds black-market dirty deeds that involve Maguire. You, the viewer, will find boredom.

What's the Deal? It's in black and white, filmed in the style of old '40s movies like Casablanca and Notorious, even acted in the way those movies were, with everyone presenting and declaring everything out loud. And that's kind of cool to look at. But if you have already seen movies like Casablanca and Notorious, why would you want to bother with this wannabe?

What's Good About It: Blanchett does a decent Marlene Dietrich impersonation and does "doomed" well, actually acting like she's lived through a horrifying war. So if you're a die-hard fan of hers, you'll want to see her be her usual interesting self.

Who Should See It: Movie nerds who want to gang up and dissect it, comparing it to all the films that director Steven Soderbergh is borrowing from — the same folks who sat through Solaris and didn't complain. Also, History Channel obsessives looking for something other than a Clint Eastwood movie to buy a ticket to.

"She's playing you, Jake. You have no idea what you're dealing with." … Just thought you'd like an example of how people talk to each other in this movie. It's like Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid without the tongue-shaving bit.


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