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  • Apr 8-14, 2009
  • Vol. 29, No. 26

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  • Fast & Furious

    Paul Walker reprises the role of brash lawman Brian O’Conner, now working for an FBI task force on the hunt for an elusive drug kingpin. To track the baddie down, he’s forced to reteam with old pal and rival Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel), the former king of street racing, now a fugitive south of the border. Toretto and his speed-freaked crew now earn a living hijacking trucks, and in the movie’s most exciting scene they gank an oil tanker on a ridiculously steep, twisting mountain road. A family death forces Dom out of hiding and back into Brian’s line of fire, and they’re quickly back to their old tricks, burning rubber, grinding steel and wreaking utter havoc on Los Angeles — as if its traffic problems weren’t already awful enough. Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster pop in as eye-candy foils, though this is a strictly bromantic affair.
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  • Adventureland

    Greg Mottola’s late ’80s nostalgia trip is drawn from his own experiences of working at a low-rent theme park. The story is set in 1987 Pittsburgh. James (Jesse Eisenberg playing the Semitic version of Michael Cera) is a virginal smartass just out of college and hoping to backpack around Europe before heading to grad school. Unfortunately, Reaganomics has hit, and Dad is downsized, which means a summer job at the seedy Adventureland amusement park. Bored and depressed, the one bright spot in his summer is Em (Kristen Stewart), the coolest girl he’s ever met. Romance sparks, but Em’s banging the park’s married electrician and part-time rocker (Ryan Reynolds). Friends are made, hearts are broken, crotches are punched and the wistful spirit of Truffaut wrestles with sitcom-ish sexcapades.
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