Archive | January, 2011

Animal Kingdom (2010)

January 7, 2011

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Animal Kingdom (2010)

“Well rounded” doesn’t even start to describe this movie. Jackie Weaver’s much-celebrated role as the matriarch of large family of criminally-inclined ‘boys’ is not the award winning role that the movie’s PR company has decided to promote, but her role is pivotal and mesmerizing. Ben Mendelsen, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton and newcomer James Frecheville excel themselves in their roles and a dysfunctional and yet highly effective armed robbery team (of sorts). “Team” kind of overstates the organic nature of their level of organisation, as you’ll see.

4½ / 5 stars

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Blue Valentine

January 7, 2011

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Blue Valentine

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams do a stellar job. See it with someone you love.

4½/5 stars

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Winter’s Bone

January 7, 2011

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Winter’s Bone

Cold (literally), suspensful, gritty and harsh. A story told with such a sense of honesty and sympathetic and balanced pace that you wonder where the hour and a half went.

4½/5 stars

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Tron:Legacy

January 7, 2011

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Tron:Legacy

Great to watch, but certainly not a good ‘date night’ for you and your brain. Whilst there’s a fairly heavy expectation placed upon the watcher to know something about the original story, it was probably fairly thin in the first place, so this installation feels [curiously and perhaps aptly] just like another frame of a meaningless, albeit visually stimulating and interactive, console game.

3/5 stars

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Due Date

January 7, 2011

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Due Date

Downey Jr puts in a solid performance (not exemplary though) and Galifianakis puts in his usual curious and comfortably ‘wrong’ repartee. Whilst the movie is well paced and general curious (though not hilarious), the director or writer seems confused about what he wants it to be – a comedy, a drama or a romp – complete Ultimately it’s fairly well balanced mix of the three.

3 / 5 stars

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