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Shrek the Third

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Why bother with DreamWorks’ attempt to milk a cash cow into dried beef jerky? In a word: visuals. Shrek the Third may be third-rate storytelling, but it’s state-of-the-art CGI, each frame a breathtakingly detailed slice of Maxfield Parrish-like wonderland. Even the EXTRAS favor craft over content: computer-rendering bloopers, deleted scenes in the form of videotaped writers’ meetings. (A click-through ”yearbook” of the film’s medieval high school has more laughs than the movie.) Solution: Buy the snappy alt-rock soundtrack and watch the DVD on mute. C+