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Old March 17 2011, 11:46 PM   #254
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Re: Movies Seen in 2011

43. The American (A)

The American: I'm glad an actor like George Clooney exists in Hollywood, because his star status is probably the only thing that gets films like this made. It is basically an art film, with an odd moment of violence, that is beautifully photographed (not surprisingly, the director has a strong background in still photography) and acted (mainly by Clooney, who is in almost every scene in the movie). Clooney plays an ageing hit-man/weapons manufacturer who is starting to regret the life he's made for himself. It sounds like an overplayed premise, but the film manages to tell it in a way that is quite thoughtful.
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