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Lincoln: And the Oscar goes to . . .

Seriously, just start engraving Daniel Day-Lewis’ name on the Best Actor statuette right now.  I’m sure there are other great performances out there this season (I think Denzel is a strong contender for Flight), but I don’t think they can … Continue reading

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Silver Linings Playbook: Unconventional or just superficial?

My first thought after watching Silver Linings Playbook was, “Well, here’s another example of the annual Weinstein marketing juggernaut.”  Another movie that doesn’t seem to warrant all the Oscar buzz it’s generating.  It’s entertaining, but it sometimes feels like a … Continue reading

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Brave: Mothers and daughters – it can be a bear

Not only does Brave feature Pixar’s first female lead character, but it also centers on her relationship with another important woman in her life – her mother.  In most Disney stories and fairy tales in general, mothers are either absent … Continue reading

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Flight: Denzel’s Lost Weekends

Flight doesn’t really have anything new to say about addiction, but Denzel’s performance as airline pilot Whip Whitaker and the spectacularly staged plane crash at the beginning of the film almost make you not notice that.  I don’t want to … Continue reading

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Looper: Lost boys doing bad things

Looper is like an inverted Terminator: instead of a hitman traveling back in time to kill someone, the victims are sent back in time to the hitman to be killed. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, one such contract killer who matter-of-factly … Continue reading

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The Cabin in the Woods: The Slayer has left the building

*SPOILER ALERT*  If you want to go into this movie knowing as little as possible about it, you should probably wait to read this post till after you’ve watched it. I’m not a fan of horror movies.  I watched this one … Continue reading

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Argo: Fake Film, Real Lives

Argo is a great, polished suspense film – unshowy in its period details and confident in its use of plotting and editing devices to ramp up the sweaty-palms tension.  It convincingly depicts and balances three different milieus in 1979-80: Tehran; … Continue reading

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Bachelorette: Mean Girls at a Wedding

I’m not a big fan of the boys-and-girls-behaving-badly genre, but I checked out Bachelorette because Kirsten Dunst has impressed me lately (see Melancholia) and also because I enjoy Lizzy Caplan’s sardonic forthrightness.  Dunst’s Regan is consistently selfish and cruel throughout … Continue reading

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The Bourne Legacy: A Treadstone Re-tread

It feels a bit unfair to judge The Bourne Legacy against the three earlier, superior Bourne movies, but if the filmmakers didn’t want us to do that, they shouldn’t have put Bourne in the title and opened the film with … Continue reading

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The Farmer’s Daughter: Loretta Young Goes to Washington

The Farmer’s Daughter, starring Loretta Young, is a Capra-esque film about a young farm girl who stumbles into politics. The film values the American democratic process and stresses the importance of being politically well-informed so that one can play an … Continue reading

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