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"The Incredible Hulk" *** (out of four): Edward Norton and Marvel bring Hulk down to human-size.

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Putting Ang Lee's 2003 "Hulk" film behind them, Marvel gets a do-over with "The Incredible Hulk" -- a new interpretation (not a "Hulk" sequel) of the beloved Stan Lee-created character. It's also the second film (after "Iron Man") in which Marvel has taken creative control of their own property. It's a distinction that shows. As in "Iron Man", character and story take precedence over action sequences in "The Incredible Hulk". The casting of acting heavyweight Edward Norton as Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk also shows Marvel's commitment to bringing character development front and center. It's certainly a bold move -- but does it pay off?

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