Snap Judgement: Movies

The Devil Wears Prada Directed by David Frankel

Never raising her creamy voice, Meryl Streep is scarily sensational as magazine editor Miranda Priestly, the tyrannical, all-powerful arbiter of New York fashion. When the satire stays focused on Streep or her snooty Brit assistant (Emily Blunt), "Prada" is malicious fun. But the central story about how smart, idealistic Anne Hathaway, as Miranda's drably dressed new assistant, loses her soul (and boyfriend Adrian Grenier) in pursuit of success and great shoes is dramatically anorexic. David Ansen

Click Directed by Frank Coraci

Workaholic architect Adam Sandler gets a magical remote-control device that allows him to mute, rewind and fast-forward his life, with farcical and tragic results. It's "Back to the Future," "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Faust," with fart jokes. As a moral fable "Click" holds no surprises; as a Sandler comedy, it's unusually dark, occasionally touching and pretty funny. Kate Beckinsale plays his ignored wife, and Christopher Walken tosses weird comic curveballs as the otherworldly salesman from Bed Bath and Way Beyond. David Ansen

The Road to Guantánamo Directed by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross

A hair-raising re-enactment of the true story of the "Tipton Three," three young, unlucky British Muslim travelers who were rounded up in Afghanistan after 9/11 and flown to Guantánamo, where for two years they were held without charges, abused and endlessly interrogated. These nightmarish scenes are intercut with interviews with the real men. These could be more probing, and the film's urgency can tilt toward shrillness, but nobody else has made the disaster of Guantánamo so painfully vivid. David Ansen

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