By Jason Lynch Kristen Mascia Lisa Ingrassia
June 09, 2008 12:00 PM

• I’s a split verdict from critic Leah Rozen on Clint Eastwood and Steven Soderbergh’s flicks

Bleak art house fare—reflecting global filmmakers’ responses to anxious times—dominated at the French film festival. But two highly anticipated American entries from Oscar-winning directors Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby) and Soderbergh (Traffic) delved into the past. Eastwood’s Changeling, a likely Oscar contender, is a powerful true story about a mother (Angelina Jolie, far left) whose child disappears from her L.A. house in 1928. Far less compelling is Soderbergh’s lifeless Che, a two-part tush-tester (clocking in at four-plus hours) about martyred revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara (Benicio Del Toro, right). It plays like an army training film.

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