Picks and Pans Review: George A. Romero's Land of the Dead

updated 07/11/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/11/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Simon Baker, John Leguizamo

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Zombies apparently never brush. Witness the rotten chompers flashed by lumbering hordes of hungry undead in this dexterous thriller from title-worthy filmmaker George A. Romero, the master behind 1968's Night of the Living Dead and other horror classics. His latest should please even folks who don't normally like zombie movies; it boasts a solid plot, a political subtext and skillful performances (including Dennis Hopper as a villain). Not that it skimps on the gore. Discolored incisors gnash enthusiastically on limbs, entrails and other tasty human bits. Mm, mm, good. (R)

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