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Xpress, the Coolest Section of the St. Petersburg Times, is the home for features, news and views of interest to young readers. Most of the work in Xpress, which appears on Mondays in Floridian, is produced by the Times' X-Team. The team of journalists ages 9-17 from around the Tampa Bay area is selected every year at the end of the school year to serve during the following school term. The current team of 12 was chosen out of 150 applicants. Watch for X-Team application forms in Xpress during the month of May.


Read the reviews by Xpress Film Critic Billy Norris


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A complex caper full of comedy

By BILLY NORRIS
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 17, 2001

Movie: Ocean's Eleven

Rating: PG-13

Summary: Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is an ex-convict who with the help of fellow criminal Dusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) decides to rob three of Las Vegas's most profitable casinos. He assembles a crack crew of 11 criminals, each proficient in a special area, and plans the most intricate and successful robbery ever.

My view: This was a very good movie. It had an awesome cast with big names including Pitt, Clooney, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts, and they worked very well together. I liked the way this movie was done as a cross between drama and comedy. The plot was fascinating and kept me intrigued as it unfolded.

Favorite part: I absolutely loved the way the robbery itself was depicted. The intricacy of every detail left my jaw dropped when they actually pulled it off. The ending was also great!

Least favorite part: This film was all around very interesting and creative, so I don't have any negatives to report.

Recommendations: I recommend this movie to all teenagers who are looking for a good, funny film to see on a Saturday night. Parents may spend too much time comparing it to the original film which came out in the '60s, but I think even they will like it.

Grade: B+

-- Billy Norris, 14, is in the eighth grade at Seminole Middle School, and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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