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Old January 28 2012, 02:57 AM   #157
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

1. My Week With Marilyn (B-)
2. Fantasia 2000 (B+)
3. Blade Runner (B)
4. The Hidden Fortress (A-)
5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (B+)
6. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (A+)
7. The Descendants (A-)

Alexander Payne returns after a seven-year absence; I saw Sideways when it came out and recently acquainted myself with his other films apart from Citizen Ruth. This feels much in the mold of About Schmidt (maybe if Warren's wife had died twenty or thirty years earlier things would have turned out a bit like this). Clooney is great in the lead role, and enormous praise is deserved for Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller, the actresses who play his daughters; both feel entirely natural. The story feels very real; there's a lot of voiceover in the first ten minutes that feels a little out of place (partly because they don't use it all the way through; that's the kind of thing where you're either all in or out, in my opinion). Beautifully shot.

Cinema: 3
Home Video: 4
Computer: 0
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