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MY LIFE IN RUINS

(Comedy, PG-13, 95 minutes)

Nia Vardalos stars as an American tour guide in Greece who lectures to busloads of tourists who are walking cliches. Vardalos has misplaced her infectious charm in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and literally smiles widely almost entirely through the movie. She has a romance that seems directly from a trashy romance novel. Also with Richard Dreyfuss.
Rating: One and a half stars.

OHORTEN
(Comedy, PG-13, 89 minutes)
A retiring Norwegian train engineer finds himself at wits end in a delicious deadpan comedy. How can he live without a timetable? Odd Horten finds himself in strange and unanticipated circumstances. Involving, charming in the manner of Jacques Tati. Directed by Bent Hamer.
Rating: Three and a half stars.

THE HANGOVER
(Comedy, R, 100 minutes)
A very funny, very raunchy comedy about a disastrous bachelor party in Las Vegas. When the bridegroom (Justin Bartha) disappears, his buddies (Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms) search for him, starting with such questions as: How in the hell do you wake up in a $4,200-a-night suite with a tiger, a chicken, a crying baby, a missing tooth and a belly button pierced for a diamond dangle? Directed by Todd Phillips.
Rating: Three and a half stars.

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