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For action, comedy, ‘Twelve’ equals ‘Eleven’
By Linda Cook
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This time, the odds are a dozen to one. But “Ocean’s Twelve” still is a good bet for a fun heist flick.
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They’re all back, now that they’ve robbed a Vegas vault that was invulnerable. They split up the $160 million and now ... they’re back at it again.
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Danny Ocean (George Clooney), now remarried to Tess (Julia Roberts), the former curator of the Bellagio Art Gallery, is about to celebrate his second third anniversary (you read that correctly). But then he discovers that the casino boss (Andy Garcia) that his troupe robbed would like his money back. Soon — as in, two weeks.
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They all get together and decide there’s no way they can pull off another caper in the United States — they’re hot property here, and they haven’t been very subtle in spending their new (and ill-gained) wealth. So they travel to Europe where they concoct several schemes to get the money back.
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Hot on their heels is a Europol agent, Isabel (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who is the former lover of Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), who is shown beating a hasty retreat when he thinks that his girlfriend is about to figure out details of his “career.” Also following them — or leading them, actually — is the Night Fox, an expert thief who wants to prove that he’s the finest in the world by reaching the heist location before Ocean’s group can get there.
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The cat-and-mouse twists, the elaborate planning and the nervy coolness of the characters are fun indeed. But the most enjoyable part of the movie is terrific cameo appearance by Bruce Willis (as himself) and a ruse involving Tess, who “looks like” Julia Roberts.
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Zeta-Jones is gorgeous, as always, and lends a sassy intelligence to her character, who still has feelings for Rusty even though, from her professional perspective, she recognizes him as a “bad guy.” Clooney carries on the sophisticated cool he demonstrated in the first film.
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There’s a very enjoyable moment involving the method in which the thieves enter an eccentric collector’s home. And the moment after that is even more enjoyable, when Isabel realizes she’s the one who planted the idea in Rusty’s head.
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It’s fast and funny. And I can think of a dozen more reasons why you’ll enjoy this movie.
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Newest ‘Blade’ gets dull 
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Well, Blade held up beautifully twice. But now the story is turning, well, bloodless.
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In an over attempt to bring in — dare I say this? — fresh blood to the series, “Blade: Trinity” stoops to bad jokes and silly situations so that it can include younger characters and, I assume, attract younger viewers.
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Wesley Snipes is as cool as ever as daywalker Blade, who must constantly medicate himself to keep from transforming into a vampire. He’s a vampire hunter, along with his long-time friend Whistler (Kris Kristofferson). Snipes is as cool and merciless as ever as
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3 stars
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This time, the odds are a dozen to one. But “Ocean’s Twelve” still is a good bet for a fun heist flick.
.
They’re all back, now that they’ve robbed a Vegas vault that supposedly was invulnerable to thieves. They split up the $160 million and now ... they’re back at it again.
.
Danny Ocean (George Clooney), now remarried to Tess (Julia Roberts), the former curator of the Bellagio Art Gallery, is about to celebrate his second third anniversary (you read that correctly). But then he discovers that the casino boss (Andy Garcia) that his troupe robbed would like his money back. Soon — as in, two weeks.
.
They all get together and decide there’s no way they can pull off another caper in the United States — they’re hot property here, and they haven’t been very subtle in spending their new (and ill-gained) wealth. So they travel to Europe where they concoct several schemes to get the money back.
.
Hot on their heels is a Europol agent, Isabel (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who is the former lover of Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), who is shown beating a hasty retreat when he thinks that his girlfriend is about to figure out details of his “career.” Also following them — or leading them, actually — is the Night Fox, an expert thief who wants to prove that he’s the finest in the world by reaching the heist location before Ocean’s group can get there.
.
The cat-and-mouse twists, the elaborate planning and the nervy coolness of the characters are fun indeed. But the most enjoyable part of the movie is terrific cameo appearance by Bruce Willis (as himself) and a ruse involving Tess, who “looks like” Julia Roberts.
.
Zeta-Jones is gorgeous, as always, and lends a sassy intelligence to her character, who still has feelings for Rusty even though, from her professional perspective, she recognizes him as a “bad guy.” Clooney carries on the sophisticated cool he demonstrated in the first film.
.
There’s a very enjoyable moment involving the method in which the thieves enter an eccentric collector’s home. And the moment after that is even more enjoyable, when Isabel realizes she’s the one who planted the idea in Rusty’s head.
.
It’s fast and funny. And I can think of a dozen more reasons why you’ll enjoy this movie.
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2 stars
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Well, Blade held up beautifully twice. But now the story is turning, well, bloodless.
.
In an over attempt to bring in — dare I say this? — fresh blood to the series, “Blade: Trinity” stoops to bad jokes and silly situations so that it can include younger characters and, I assume, attract younger viewers.
.
Wesley Snipes is as cool as ever as daywalker Blade, who must constantly medicate himself to keep from transforming into a vampire. He’s a vampire hunter, along with his long-time friend Whistler (Kris Kristofferson). Snipes is as cool and merciless as ever as
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he hunts down his prey, which dissolve into sparks when he takes them out. Whistler worries that Blade is becoming careless, and that one day he’ll be left alone, with no one to help him in his quest to rid the world of vampires.
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But no. Blade inherits a band of young vampire hunters, including Hannibal (Ryan Reynolds, “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder”), one of the most annoying wiseacre sidekicks to hit the screen; and Whistler’s daughter Abigail (Jessica Biel, television’s “7th Heaven” and the recent “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” remake). Turns out that they’ll have to team up to fight Dracula himself (Dominic Purcell), now called Drake, who has been brought back to life by Danica (Parker Posey) and her minions.
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When the characters aren’t talking themselves silly, they’re engagine in gory, violent fights.
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The movie is a blatant reach for a demographic. It’s another one of those movies that I can see being hatched in some boardroom: “We need more younger viewers,” I can hear some executive saying. “Let’s see some more 20-somethings there. Oh, and let’s have Blade interact with a baby — that’ll endear him to the female audience.”
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What Parker Posey, who is among the ensemble players in the likes of “A Mighty Wind,” is doing here is anybody’s guess. She’s a wonderful actress who, most likely, previously had not been asked to talk through a mouthful of fake vampire teeth. She had a tough time doing it, apparently — either that, or her faux choppers don’t fit very well. Her dialogue sounds ghastly, but not because of the writing.
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Some of the action sequences are pretty interesting to watch, and Snipes looks cool in every scene.
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But the “Blade” franchise is cooling off. May the next installment heat up with insight and plot.
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Linda Cook reviews movies for GO! and KWQC-TV6, where she can be seen
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on “Quad-Cities Today” Mondays and “Paula Sands Live” Tuesdays.
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Contact her at (563) 383-2400
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or newsroom@qctimes.com.

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