Picks and Pans Review: Also Playing

updated 01/19/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/19/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

Viggo Mortensen (above left, with Jodie Whittaker) is a novelist and academic in pre-WWII Germany who allows self-interest to blind him to the full extent of Nazi evil. Though well-intentioned, this cautionary tale lacks dramatic oomph. (Not rated)


CHE Shown in two parts that total more than 4 1/2 hours and presented almost entirely in Spanish (with subtitles), this arid biopic about revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Benicio Del Toro, above) proves a tough slog. Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven) directed, but Che too often plays like an Army training film. (R)


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