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The Housemaid
Friday February 25th, 2011
The Housemaid is a 2010 remake of a revered classic of 1960 South Korean cinema. In the original a nice couple rues the day they hire a housemaid after she tries to wreck their marriage and is instrumental in the death of one of their children. In this updated version…More
The Illusionist
Saturday February 12th, 2011
"The Illusionist" is a great animated feature and Oscar nominee. It's the melancholy story of an old magician that time is passing by. He and other old vaudeville performers can't compete with TV and Rock and Roll acts that have captured the public's imagination. He is forced to travel to…More
Biutiful
Thursday February 10th, 2011
Best Foreign Language Picture nominee "Biutiful" is a triumph for Best Actor nominee Javier Bardem playing a small time Barcelona criminal who acts as a kind of shadowy middleman between illegal human traffickers and corrupt authorities. When he learns that he has a terminal illness his life becomes a struggle…More
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine
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Thursday January 13th, 2011
The last film I saw was "Blue Valentine" with Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. This film was originally NC-17 but they appealed to the MPAA and got an R rating instead. The R rating was right because this film isn't at all about voyeuristic, gratuitous sex. Gosling and Williams turn…More
True Grit's Jeff Bridges
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Wednesday January 5th, 2011
The Coen brothers made their first Western with "Grit" and it's a total triumph. The sentimentality of the original film is gone and this is the version of this story that I'd always wanted to see. I loved it. Bridges is outstanding as Rooster. Not to take anything away from Wayne…More
Rabbit Hole
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Monday January 3rd, 2011
"Rabbit Hole" is a very compelling and beautifully written study of how a married couple struggle to cope with the tragic loss of a child. ¬†Nicole Kidman is the mother who can't find comfort or relief in the usual emotional salves people turn to. Aaron Eckhart is the husband who…More
Colin Firth in The Kings Speech
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Monday January 3rd, 2011
"The King's Speech" is excellent historical drama. Colin Firth should get a second consecutive Oscar nomination for his work as the tongue-tied Duke of York who reluctantly seeks out the services of an Australian speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) because his love struck older brother, Edward, (Guy Pearce of LA Confidential)…More

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