Picks and Pans Review: Also Playing

updated 12/04/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/04/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

Fast Food Nation Adapted from a nonfiction book, this drama is out to expose the (literally) dirty underside of the fast food industry. Episodic and uneven, its best bits are a horrifying tour of a slaughterhouse and a cynical monologue by Bruce Willis. (R)

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The History Boys A sprightly film version of this year's Tony winner for Best Play. The comic drama follows a group of English schoolboys as they learn the difference between being knowledgeable and being glib—and discover that their teachers are only too human. (R)

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