EW's critic includes a nostalgic look at the summer of '87, a WW II grindhouse fairy tale, and a movie that inspires George Clooney's most finely honed performance among the year's top new releases. Plus: The five worst films of the past 12 months
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Remember that summer job you had in college the cruddy one that somehow coincided with growing up? Greg Mottola's lovely comedy about an earnest, virginal liberal-arts geek (Jesse Eisenberg) working at an amusement park in 1987 brings you right back to those wistful summertime blues. It's also the first film that captures the '80s not just the clothes, music, hair, and slang but the vibe with the sublimely nostalgic texture that Dazed and Confused brought to the '70s and American Graffiti to the end of the greaser era. Eisenberg proves a true star, finding a way to make insecurity sexy, and if you think Kristen Stewart is a one-trick Twilight pony, just check out her work here. She's saucy and gorgeously neurotic, a girl born to make you go: Hey now, don't dream it's over.
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