Should you head to the multiplex or just hit the books? -- We give our take on ''The Devil Wears Prada'' and ''A Scanner Darkly''

By Hannah Tucker
July 07, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Should you head to the multiplex or just hit the books?

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Lauren Weisberger (paperback) Anne Hathaway is more likable, and less potty-mouthed, as aspiring journalist Andrea Sachs, and Meryl Streep ecstatically embodies the villainous magazine matriarch in David Frankel’s entertaining film, which glosses over Weisberger’s self-satisfied moralizing and revels in the fluff and fun. Last Word Frankel should have trimmed the film’s protracted conclusion, but Weisberger’s repetitive tell-all is too long by half.

A SCANNER DARKLY
Philip K. Dick (paperback) This sci-fi novel about drug use and conspiracy comes to life with seriously trippy animation. Richard Linklater’s dark, witty adaptation highlights Robert Downey Jr. as scam artist Barris but muddles Dick’s lucid, streamlined storytelling. Last Word The movie is visually addictive — try keeping your eyes off the ”scramble suits” — but doesn’t have the resonance of Dick’s eerie, cautionary classic.

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