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Babel (B+). I didn’t really intend to see this movie after one reviewer dubbed it “the feel-bad movie of the millennium.” But then I thought, hey, the millennium is still young, so maybe it’s not all that depressing. And you know, I was right. It’s not really best-picture caliber material, but it is a well-directed and well-acted movie with some interesting stories to tell. A vacation in Morocco turns into a nightmare for an American couple (Brad Pitt (Fury); Cate Blanchett (Cinderella)) when the wife is seriously injured by a gunshot out in the middle of nowhere. A Mexican nanny in San Diego takes her two young charges to her son’s wedding in Mexico, only to run into difficulties returning to the U.S. And in Japan, a deaf teenaged girl struggles to come to terms with her disability and her loneliness after the death of her mother. Okay, so the movie is a little dark. But it did keep me wondering what was going to happen next, and I did empathize with the characters. Maybe it is best-picture material after all . . . .