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Lawless

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Depression-era bootlegging draws the attention of director John Hillcoat and musician/screenwriter Nick Cave, who last worked together of The Proposition.  

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-.  

Animal Kingdom (Review)

An unforgettable crime picture from Down Under

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 8, 2010
As movie catch phrases go, it's up there with "I drink your milkshake" from 'There Will Be Blood.' Janine "Smurf" Cody (Jacki Weaver), the Lady MacBethian mother of a dysfunctional family of Melbourne criminals in 'Animal Kingdom,' stares at a crooked cop — her eyes alight with knowingness as she smiles — and states, "And you've done some bad things, sweetie." Grade: A-.  

The Hurt Locker (Review)

Iraq War film feels deeply authentic and appropriately unsettling

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The Iraq War has yielded a number of strong documentaries that tackle the topic both directly and indirectly. Successful fictional features, on the other hand, have been few and far between. Until now. Based on the first-hand reporting of journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, 'The Hurt Locker' is an unrelenting, impressively self-contained pressure cooker that feels both deeply authentic and appropriately unsettling. Grade A.  

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