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July 17, 2009|By Michael Sragow

Public Enemies *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 ) Every time a movie doesn't state its thesis, it's accused of "not being about something." But Michael Mann's account of the last 14 months in the life of Great Depression bank robber John Dillinger raises Maileresque questions about the tactics and connections of cops, Feds and crooks while treating "the golden age of bank robbery" in the folkloric manner of Jesse James films. And as Dillinger and his true love, Johnny Depp and Marion Cotillard really ignite the romantic melodrama - the ending is a killer in a good way.

Opening next Friday

500 Days of Summer: (Fox Searchlight) A guy who believes in love at first sight falls hard for a girl who doesn't. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

G-Force : (Walt Disney Pictures) Jerry Bruckheimer gives 3D a try with this story of a team of guinea pigs who do espionage work. Yes, really.

The Hurt Locker : (Summit Entertainment) A seemingly fearless soldier joins an Army bomb-squad unit trying to make the streets safer in Baghdad. With Jeremy Renner.

Il Divo : (Music Box) An acclaimed drama of the life of Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, whose career was riddled with reports of strong-arm tactics, corruption, even murder. Charles exclusive

The Ugly Truth : (Columbia Pictures) A morning-show correspondent tries to use his producer to prove his theories on romance. Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler.

Orphan : (Warner Bros.) In this bad-seed horror movie, Vera Farmigia and Peter Sarsgaard star as a couple who make an unfortunate adoption choice.

Release dates are subject to change.

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