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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-.  

Alice in Wonderland (Review)

Tim Burton's adaptation a big disappointment

0 Comments · Friday, March 5, 2010
It's expected that a 2009 adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Victorian-era 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass' would engage in some major contemporary revisionism, and the biggest change in Tim Burton's new 3-D movie version is to make Alice the kind of defiantly strong-willed, proto-feminist, no-nonsense action-hero suitable for a PG-rated action-fantasy seeking to do 'Lord of the Rings'-level box-office business. It's a mistake. Grade: C.  

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