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The King's Speech (Review)

Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush deliver stirring exchanges in period drama

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Colin Firth, hot off his Academy Award-nominated turn last year in A Single Man, returns to period work as King George VI, the father of currently reigning Queen Elizabeth. Bertie, as he was known among the royal family, was the stammering second son of George V (Michael Gambon) who ascended to the throne when his brother abdicated. We get the triumph, frankly, without much of the real struggle, but director Tom Hooper and his actors do their best to make sure we don’t care about anything other than what they give us. Grade: A-.  

The Warrior's Way (Review)

Action/Western mashup falls way short

0 Comments · Monday, December 6, 2010
An assassin (Dong-gun Jang) who refuses to kill an infant and ends up hiding out in America with the baby among a carny troupe in the Wild West in 'The Warrior's Way.' Could Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name have survived as a ronin in the East? That's one of the interesting ideas audiences can contemplate while waiting for something of note to happen here. Grade: D-plus.  

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