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'Pompeii': Predictable pastiche goes down in flames, reviews say
'Pompeii': Predictable pastiche goes down in flames, reviews say

What do you get when you combine the sword-and-sandal battles of "Gladiator," the star-crossed love story of "Titanic" and the apocalyptic spectacle of, say, "2012"? The new movie "Pompeii" explores that very question, and according to film critics, the answer is either a cinematic guilty pleasure or, more likely, a fiery mess. In one of the more positive reviews, Gary Goldstein writes in The Times, "'Pompeii' accomplishes its ambitious agenda to largely engrossing effect. Sure, it's not the brainiest of outings, but director Paul W.S. Anderson (the man behind four of the 'Resident Evil' films) keeps the action apace and the lava a-flowing with workmanlike energy and sufficient visual...

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