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Review: 'Monuments Men' talks big but lacks artful direction
Review: 'Monuments Men' talks big but lacks artful direction

Earnest and well-intentioned but ultimately inert, "The Monuments Men" talks a better game than it can deliver. Inspired by true tales of World War II derring-do, it can't decide what kind of a film it wants to be and so ends up failing across a fairly wide spectrum. This is something of a surprise, and not just because the film is directed and co-written by George Clooney, who is also top dog in a high-powered cast that includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Cate Blanchett. Rather, the film's flat-lining is unexpected because the underlying narrative of a small band of American soldiers tasked with protecting the great artworks of Europe...

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