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The whole time I’m watching “A Walk to Remember” (2002) I’m waiting for somebody to walk somewhere and it’s just not happening. Meanwhile, the Nicholas Sparks emotional manipulation machine is running full tilt as a pair of star-crossed teens find true love at the high school musical. Mandy Moore was transitioning from pop to film at the time and her limited range is perfect for playing a preacher’s nerdy daughter. Shane West is the disposable James Dean wannabe forced to clean up his act. They’re perfect for each other. It’s good, simple entertainment, if you like this kind of movie.

The great thing about “Wall Street” (1987) is you can enjoy it no matter which side you are on in the whole “greed vs. socialism” thing. You can tsk, tsk about the overindulgences of corporate raiders like Gordon Gekko, and feel satisfied when the union boss’ son (Charlie Sheen) learns his lesson in the end. But there’s a reason Michael Douglas won an Oscar playing Gekko. He does one hell of a sales job explaining why “greed is good.” If Gekko had played Darth Vader (his closest movie counterpart), you might have been cheering for him instead of Luke Skywalker.