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The Devil Wears Prada (PG-13)

"The Devil Wears Prada" is one of those rare movies that's actually better than the book. Much better. In Lauren Weisberger's thinly veiled roman à clef about working as assistant to the editor of Vogue, Andy Sachs (the arrogant Weisberger character) was about as sympathetic as the devil herself. But in the movie, Sachs (Anne Hathaway) discovers there actually is something to be learned from her cool and demanding mentor – not a surprise considering she's Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), a stand in for real-life editor Anna Wintour. Ultimately, Streep's character is rendered human and equitable, lending the film a depth and dimensionality sorely absent from the book. The fashionista will delight in a fashion-centric package of extras that includes a feature on costume designer Patricia Field. Grade: A–
– Teresa Méndez

Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (PG-13)

Base humor moves aside for occasional bright moments in this uneven NASCAR comedy. A pre-"Borat" Sacha Baron Cohen is amusing as thick-tongued French driver Jean Gireau, reading "L'Etranger" in the driver's seat. Will Ferrell is funnier in some of the DVD extras than he is as affably self-absorbed racer Ricky Bobby. In one short he clowns with star drivers including Dale Earnhardt Jr. (who also has a cameo) in a promotional event at the famed North Carolina track. Gag reel is worthwhile if you're in the right mood. So is the loopy voice-over commentary, presented as a 25-years-after retrospective (it has little to do with the film). Soundtrack – with retro hits by Pat Benatar and AC/DC – is strangely affecting. Grade: C+
– Clayton Collins

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