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by Tony Medley
The Girl Who Played With
Fire (9/10): Even though this second in the late Stieg Larrsonís
trilogy about the indomitable Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is tense
and compelling, itís almost essential that the viewer have either read
the first book or seen the first film. Director Daniel Alfredson keeps
the pace moving as Lisbeth struggles to discover who is trying to kill
her. Rapace does an outstanding job of creating a most unusual female
protagonist, the bi-sexual, tattooed, antisocial Lisbeth. The subtitles
were excellent, never blending in. In Swedish.
The Disappearance of Alice
Creed (8/10): First time writer-director J Blakeson has created a
taut, realistic thriller with several twists that gets more edgy as it
moves along, despite the presence of only three characters, highlighted
by a magnificent performance by Gemma Arterton (in a big departure from
her feisty performance in Prince of Persia), as the often-naked,
tied-up kidnapee. Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan are her rough,
meticulous kidnappers who end up with more than they bargained for.
(Opens August 6).
Winterís Bone (8/10):
Directed and co-written by Debra Granik, this rough thriller has
courageous Jennifer Lawrence, a 17-year-old Ozark Mountain girl, the
materfamilias of her mentally ill mother and her younger brother and
sister, confronting dangerous, violent people trying to find her
drug-dealing father. Lawrence gives an exceptional performance appearing
in almost every scene, stealing them from more seasoned performers.
Granik displays a deft touch in presenting the hardscrabble, ramshackle
mountain life, helped immeasurably by the gritty cinematography of
Knight and Day (7/10):
Under the inspired direction of James Mangold, Tom Cruise and Cameron
Diaz give sparkling, star-quality performances and bring what could have
been hackneyed material to life, despite its total lack of credibility.
The exceptional talent of Peter Sarsgaard is wasted in a role that
requires virtually nothing. Paul Dano does a good job as Simon Feck, one
of the more appropriately onomatopoeic characterís
names one will find in film. While who Tom is and why heís acting
this way is presented in a captivating way, it is basically his
devil-may-care attitude, sparkling smile in the face of certain
destruction, and Diazís performance that make this worthwhile. This is a
lot of fun, but leave your brain at home.
Writer/Directors Jay & Mark Duplass use their mumblecore technique of
unblocked scenes, hand-held cameras with jumpy lens changes, and
improvised dialogue to create a troubling, entertaining study of the
interaction among three relatively dysfunctional people, Marisa Tomei,
her new boyfriend John C. Reilly, and her son Jonah Hill, all of whom
give rewarding performances.
Writer-director Christopher Nolan takes a preposterous but ingenious
idea about people sharing dreams and turns it into a tense adventure
with quality performances by an A-list cast, headed by Leonardo DiCaprio
and Ellen Page. Be warned, this requires concentration during the
The Sorcererís Apprentice
(6/10): An award-quality performance by Alfred Molina as the bad guy
and wondrous special effects showing impossible conjuration are not
enough to enliven this humdrum good guy-bad guy time-travel story based
on Goetheís 1797 poem.
Twilight Saga: The Eclipse
(1/10): I canít imagine anybody other than a 13-year-old girl
finding this anything but silly if not retarded.
Grown Ups (1/10): An
exercise in ineptitude, this presents five unfunny guys with no
chemistry who try to act like they are lifelong friends. The hackneyed
easy-to-anticipate tasteless jokes, many age-related at the expense of
Rob Schneiderís elderly wife, Joyce Van Patten (director Dennis Duganís
former wife in real life), fall flat.