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CASEY PHILLIPS: “Salt” may be the most inappropriately named film of the year.

When a director’s last project is the third-highest-grossing film of all time, he might be tempted to turn his next film into a special-effects-laden blockbuster while neglecting the crucial element of storytelling. Not so “The Dark Knight” director/writer Christopher Nolan.

I used to think it was impossible for an animated character to be as endearing and heart-wrenchingly cute as Boo from "Monsters, Inc." Then I saw "Despicable Me's" wide-eyed orphan, Agnes.

If ever a series of movies deserved a rating class all its own, it's the "Twilight" saga. Call it "NA-NT" (no admittance to non-teens) because it's rare for a movie to be targeted so narrowly at adolescents.

CASEY PHILLIPS: He may not have Jason Bourne’s stoic professionalism or Jack Bauer’s angry face, but Roy Miller is a secret agent who can hang with the best of them.

When a movie opens with a close-up, montage of mammography, set to a song with lyrics by Paranoid Larry, you don’t know what you’re in for.

It's nice that anyone who wants to relive the 1980s is getting to do so at the local cineplex, isn't it? I keep expecting to see a resurgence in acid-washed jeans and hair crimpers.

CASEY PHILLIPS: I'm a total sucker for movies about musicians. Maybe it's artists' inherently dramatic lives. Maybe it's that those films tend to have excellent soundtracks. Whatever the reason, many musician biopics are among my favorite films.

CASEY PHILLIPS: "Super Mario Bros." "Alone in the Dark." "Street Fighter." "Doom."

CASEY PHILLIPS: There's something to be said for keeping your expectations reasonable and then meeting them. That's exactly what first-time "Shrek" director Mike Mitchell has pulled off with "Shrek Forever After."

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