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Reader critic David Elliott http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2012/feb/15/movie-reviews-pina-safe-house/">slips on his dancing shoes for the dance-doc Pina, and finds her an able partner: "Although the great critic Arlene Croce called some [Pina] Bausch trademarks 'flashy schtick,' I was entirely engaged by the dancers putting so much on the line without reaching for virtuoso stardom." There's even some movie-dancer context!

But after that, he slips off at least one of those dancing shoes and hurls it at Madonna's paleofeminist parable W.E.: "The best flush for this fluff turd is Noel Coward’s comment on the 1963 epic of Egypto bling, Cleopatra: 'A monument to vulgarity.'" Oh, there's more.

And finally, Elliott shares my sorrow over the odd career of Denzel Washington, currently starring in Safe House: "The Great Debaters wasn’t bad, but it has been way too long since a first-rate Washington movie. The waste of a great talent fits this film’s cynicism."

In the capsules: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/movies/journey-2-the-mysterious-island/">Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, http://www.sandiegoreader.com/movies/secret-world-of-arrietty/">The Secret World of Arietty, http://www.sandiegoreader.com/movies/this-means-war/">This Means War.

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