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My picks among recently released movies:
Steven Zaillian’s script contrasts cop Richie (Russell Crowe, pictured below)
and drug dealer Frank (Denzel Washington) in interesting ways. Richie is a womanizer and an inattentive father whose saving grace is his professional honesty. Frank, on the other hand, holds things together quite well in his criminal and personal lives until his affection for the one-time Miss Puerto Rico (Lymari Nadal) leads to an action that seems out of character and proves to be a mistake.
This animated film really springs to life when the buff pollen jocks let puny Barry (voiced by Jerry Seinfeld) tag along for a flight through the park. An extended sequence in which Barry experiences city life from a bee’s-eye view offers an amazing display of animation. An interaction with a mosquito (a hilarious Chris Rock) teaches Barry a thing or two about survival in the big city.
Lars and the Real Girl
This heartfelt film focuses on the sweetest romance ever to involve a blow-up doll. As a seriously shy young man whose efforts to fit in are a bit unorthodox, Ryan Gosling shows why he is one of today’s most sensitive and talented young actors.