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Religulous

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If satire is what closes on Saturday night, does that mean that Larry Charles and Bill Maher’s scattershot satirical documentary Religulous will throw in the towel after its first Saturday matinee? While too hit-and-miss to be considered a success, I sincerely hope that Religulous(the title means just what you think it does) sticks around a lot longer than that. At a time when right-wing hockey mamma Sarah Palin is hogging all of the spotlight, a thoughtful, well-considered and sometimes laugh-out-loud movie that dares to take gleeful potshots at organized religion of every persuasion is to be cherished. I only wish that Religulous wasn’t so meandering and — at 103, stuffed-to-the-gills minutes — overlong. With some judicious editing it could have made a killer HBO special. HH 1/2

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