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Capsule Movie Reviews (Oct. 30): 'Diana' and four more

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Diana Review

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Diana

PG-13, 1 HR., 47 MINS.

From the layered blond ‘do to the furtive gazes and deer-in-the-headlights facial expressions, Naomi Watts comes reasonably close to capturing the iconic look of the late Princess of Wales. But director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s biopic, recounting the last two years of the British royal’s life and her supposedly grand affair with a Pakistani-born heart surgeon (Naveen Andrews), is simultaneously tawdry and opaque. And the dialogue is clunkier than a Bond villain’s. D+Thom Geier

American Promise

NOT RATED, 2 HRS., 15 MINS.

This documentary follows two African-American students at New York’s elite Dalton School. It presents itself as a Hoop Dreams of education, yet it was made by one of the kids’ parents, and their blend of inquiry, defensiveness, and sloppy POV renders the film as unilluminating as it is ambitious. COwen Gleiberman

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The Broken Circle Breakdown

NOT RATED, 1 HR., 50 MINS.

It’s got some deeply spirited bluegrass music, but the Belgian awards-bait drama is still a rather arduous downer. It’s about a banjo- picking hippie farmer (Johan Heldenbergh), his free-spirited tattoo-artist wife (Veerle Baetens), and what happens after their little daughter dies of cancer. The couple’s unraveling is difficult to watch, yet predictable. C+Owen Gleiberman

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Free Birds

PG, 1 HR., 31 MINS.

Not even Amy Poehler can save this bird-brained, visually drab animated tale about two time-traveling turkeys trying to take poultry off the menu of the first Thanksgiving feast. CStephan Lee

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I Am Divine

NOT RATED, 1 HR., 26 MINS.

A lively documentary about the underground drag superstar Divine. It chronicles how Harris Glenn Milstead, a sandy-haired teen in early-’60s Baltimore, turned himself into a cross between Jayne Mansfield and the Wicked Witch of the West, with a touch of Godzilla. It also conveys the surprise reach of his crossover celebrity. B+Owen Gleiberman

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