I’ll admit I was wary about Ocean’s 13, the new installment in the highly profitable set of sting movies directed by Steven Soderbergh with a high-powered cast (George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, etc.) but this entry is just a blast. The boys are back in Vegas to settle a score when a sleazy kingpin Willy Bank (Al Pacino) cheats their friend (Elliot Gould) out of his share in a fabulous new hotel. So they decide to rig the opening night at the “Bank” to fail spectacularly, even bringing in their old nemesis (Andy Garcia) into the complicated scheme. Like a well-oiled machine the movie crackles along with good humor and charm to spare. The wonderful Ellen Barkin is on hand as Pacino’s sexy but imposing strong-arm, and there’s a funny scene in which Damon (in a hilarious, big-nosed disguise) seduces her. Also, Oprah makes a riotous cameo that plays out wonderfully. The extras on the DVD (out Nov. 13 on Warner Brothers ) are a handful of deleted scenes, a feature on Vegas and one on producer Jerry Weintraub, but the movie is aces.

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