2007's crankiest movie critics
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Charlie Wilson's War( Francois Duhamel / Universal )
"Charlie Wilson's War"
You might think mega-stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts would rally the troops straight into the megaplex. But since its open less than two weeks ago, Mike Nichols' latest has a worldwide box office of just $34 million and a meager Metacritic approval of 68. Betting against the Hollywood star power involved is clearly not one of Austin Chronicle critic Kimberley Jones' fears:
"Perhaps there was some confusion should we play this as a lark or a lesson in geopolitical unrest? or maybe there was some studio involvement to defang the politics; whatever the case, the noncommittal 'Charlie Wilson's War' treads a good-natured but yawning in-between."