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Fantastic Four

Rated PG-13 105 minutes

Marvel Comics continues to empty out its stable of superheroes with this entertaining tale of space travelers who get infected by a radioactive cloud and return to earth with amazing powers. Michael Chiklis (of the cop show The Shield) steals the movie as the agonized Thing, a walking slab of concrete who can stop a speeding truck with one punch but can't pick up a fork with his stubby fingers; less interesting are Chris Evans as the cocky Human Torch, Jessica Alba as the straitlaced Invisible Woman, and Ioan Gruffudd as the cautious Mr. Fantastic, who stretches like a ball of Silly Putty. This is the third Marvel adaptation for screenwriter Michael France (The Hulk, The Punisher), whose sleek plotting is habitually undermined by his pallid dialogue.

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