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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 Damned United (Review)

True-life soccer movie is damned entertaining

0 Comments · Thursday, November 12, 2009
In his portrayal of famed British soccer team manager Brian Clough, Michael Sheen ('The Queen') solidifies his status as this generation's Laurence Olivier in Tom Hooper's enthralling adaptation of Peter Morgan's 2006 book, 'The Damned Utd.' Even non-soccer fans will find themselves swept up in the drama of one man's bold attempt to reinvent an entire sport against a tidal wave of opposition. Grade: A.  

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