Monthly Archives: January 2012

Senna (2010, 106 minutes, PG-13) 4 out of 5 stars

Recommended documentary about Brazilian Ayrton Senna, who won three Formula One racing championships before his death at age 34. This got good reviews, but I was somewhat skeptical. I have no interest in car racing (I didn’t even know the … Continue reading

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In a Better World (2010, 119 minutes, Rated R) 4 out of 5 stars

Highly recommended meditation on violence from Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier. Won the 2011 Best Foreign Film Oscar. The movie unfolds in both Denmark and an unnamed African country, where in each we see the effects and limitations of both violence … Continue reading

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Rare Exports (2010, Rated R, 84 minutes, subtitled) 2 out of 5 stars

Very disappointing comedy/fantasy/horror that isn’t quite any of those things. I don’t know much about the origins of the story of Santa Claus, but here the Fins put a twist on it, imagining that he was not a benevolent, gift-doling … Continue reading

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The Guard (2011, 96 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Entertaining if uneven comedy with a great performance from Brendan Gleeson. He plays Gerry Boyle, an extremely politically incorrect, foul-mouthed Irish cop in a small town in County Galway who has little use for following by the book procedure when … Continue reading

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Incendies (2010, 130 minutes, Rated R, subtitled) 5 stars out of 5

Highly, highly recommended. Disturbing, timely, and extremely well done. One of the best movies I have seen in a while and one that won’t soon be forgotten. The movie opens in Quebec, with the viewer introduced to twin brother and … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Double (2011, 109 minutes, Rated R) 2.5 out of 5 stars

Over-the-top presentation of a pretty interesting topic that ultimately falls way off the tracks in the final act. Latif (Dominic Cooper) is a soldier in the Iraqi Army. Having just served his country well in the war against Iran, he’s … Continue reading

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Beginners (2010, 105 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Pretty well done comedy/drama that isn’t breaking any new ground but is well presented, elevating it a bit above the average entry in the genre. The word is overused with these types of movie, but it’s definitely in the “quirky” … Continue reading

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