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Old October 17 2011, 12:37 PM   #793
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Re: Movies Seen in 2011

140. Dumbo (A-)
141. Smiles of a Summer Night (A)
142. The Ides of March (B)
143. Moneyball (A-)
144. A Few Good Men (A+)
145. Some Like It Hot (A+)
146. The Talk of the Town (B-)
147. The Last Picture Show (A-)

You'll seldom see a more persuasive case for why teens in the 1950s so desperately needed rock and roll.

This is a very effective character study, featuring some great performances (Cloris Leachman's final scene is almost certainly what got her the Oscar). The main things that don't work as well as they might have generally relate to the main character, who's not nearly as compelling as many of those around him (and compared to Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd, Timothy Bottoms didn't go on to have much of a career; he was a go-to George Bush impersonator for much of the 2000s). The death of his mentally retarded friend is a random and forced moment in what is otherwise mostly natural.
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