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#2159 - 10/26/10 02:36 PM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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Yes yes yes. It never lags, even when a quiet moment appears to give everyone (including the audience!) a chance to catch their breath. Loved it.

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#2160 - 11/10/10 09:47 PM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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I went to see Hereafter yesterday, and on the whole I liked it, in spite of a few things that were less than perfect. But mostly I appreciated it for being a movie made for grown-ups.

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#2161 - 11/11/10 08:02 PM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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That makes it kind of rare. Has anyone seen 127 Hours? It's in limited release, not showing here.

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#2162 - 11/26/10 12:11 PM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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Not here yet either. I did see The Next Three Days; it got mixed reviews, but I enjoyed it. It had a special appeal to me, because I liked seeing Pittsburgh again. But the main point of interest was watching the Russell Crowe character learning to do things he needed to know in order to bust his wife out of prison, and his cleverness in solving problems as they arose. Liam Neeson had only one scene in the movie, but it was a goodie. Brian Dennehy had just five lines (one of which was "Goodbye.") but still managed to make an impression. A large-ish role was played by another wonderful child actor named Ty Simpkins, who has quite a resumé for an 8-year-old. There's much to like in this movie.

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#2163 - 12/29/10 02:11 AM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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Black Swan -- a "wow" movie. It's called a psychological thriller, and I guess that's as good a label as any. The movie is loaded with little shocks that escalate into Great Big Shocks. Now, I don't flinch in movies, or turn my head away from things too horrible to take...I just watch. But Black Swan had me twitching in my seat throughout the whole movie. It gets to you.

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#2164 - 12/29/10 10:01 AM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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Does it ever! As for twitching, my husband says I practically dug a hole in his knee. (He twitched too!) I almost didn't go to this movie, because I don't like seeing non-dancers playing dancers. Remember Anne Bancroft's posturing as Anna Karenina in The Turning Point? You can fake singing, but not dancing. Then I learned Natalie Portman had started dance training at age four or five. She certainly has a dancer's body...small bust, long legs, visible rib cage, etc. She even waddles like a dancer when she walks. It's a virtuoso performance in the most intense movie I've seen in a long time.

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#2165 - 12/29/10 07:10 PM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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#2166 - 12/30/10 01:39 PM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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I think you're selling Natalie Portman short, calling her amateur. She is trained as a dancer. You can't fake what she did. BTW, your "Visual Verification" isn't working.

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#2167 - 12/30/10 03:48 PM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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In another genre entirely, I'll put in a good word for Tangled, the animated "Rapunzel" movie. Aside from the long-haired girl taken and trapped in a tower, it's almost all newly invented, but it works. In particular, it has some of the best voice acting I can recall in a cartoon -- Zachary Levi and in particular Donna Murphy as a scarily believable Mother Gothel.

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#2168 - 12/30/10 06:03 PM Re: Current Movies (2010)
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Austin, I had read that about her training since the age of four before I wrote my review. I admire her for keeping on with it, but she's still only an amateur, and I don't just mean in the strict sense of the word. She's not at a professional level, and she's certainly far below the level of her character.

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