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Short and Tweet – Brief Reviews for Movies Released August 14


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Love affairs in the twilight years — who knew this much raw emotion could be packed into a movie? 4 stars
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Doc on Japan’s Yasukuni shrine explores how war is idealized after the fact, with powerful results.
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Mexican import tells of star-crossed lovers, accurately capturing teen angst and energy.
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More mild-mannered than Miyazaki’s masterpieces, but still sweet, imaginative, and lots of fun.
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Alien-segregation thriller flirts with cleverness, but the apartheid allegory is a bit thick.
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Far more mature than its High School Musical predecessors, but a bit too breezy to make an impact.
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Odd documentary to/celebration of the guitar vaguely rises above after-hours VH1.
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We’re ready for a Hitler farce, but where’s the funny? 
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Talky script gets in the way of Piven’s smarmy car salesman, sapping humor.
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As contrived and hokey as you’d expect, not to mention unbearably creepy. 
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