"Iron Man" is as complex as its conflicted protagonist. It's a slickly engineered special-effects extravaganza with a saucy sense of humor, a well-acted adult take on juvenile escapism. The first movie self-financed by Marvel Studios, it combines the thrills of a summer popcorn spectacular with the craftsmanship of a prestige picture. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), the tycoon inside Iron Man's shiny shell, isn't a simplistic comic-book hero fighting for lofty ideals. He's deeply flawed -- a drinker, a womanizer, a clotheshorse, a gambler driven by greed and a lust for high living. (PG-13 for sci-fi action/violence, suggestive content; 2 hours)
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MADE OF HONOR
It starts out as a tribute to "When Harry Met Sally" and steadily backslides toward a less-than-honorable "My Best Friend's Wedding" remake. Fortunately, "Made of Honor," a star vehicle for Patrick "McDreamy" Dempsey, earns enough good will in a long, clever and sexy opening act to carry through to an ending that we don't necessarily guess because it seems to lack enough of that last word in the title: "honor." (PG-13 for sexual content, language; 1 hour, 39 minutes)
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