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  • The Messenger 2009

    ★★★★ Added

    Review for In Review Online (November 15, 2009)

    Oren Moverman’s quietly moving wartime drama "The Messenger" arrives just months after the release of Kathryn Bigelow’s much-hyped action-drama "The Hurt Locker," two thematically similar, yet stylistically opposed films. Both attempt (and arguably succeed) to communicate the immense emotional heft and psychological toll of the ongoing Iraq War. In Bigelow's case, this was achieved by following a bomb diffusion squad through an episodic series of missions in and around Baghdad, and by…

  • Duplicity 2009

    ★★★ Added

    Review for In Review Online (March 29, 2009)

    Julia Roberts hasn’t been the centerpiece of a film since the moderate success “Mona Lisa Smile” six years ago. Distracted by kids, a new husband, and a brief foray on Broadway, Roberts has chosen her projects carefully, a rewarding decision on her part. She has, however, been steadily working, lending her talents to two Mike Nichols films: “Closer” in 2004 and “Charlie Wilson’s War” in 2007. In “Duplicity,” Roberts finally has the…

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  • Passion 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Jun, 2013

    key to the film (from De Palma's Slant interview): "The very act of seeing has become very strange with all this now easily available technology, and I try to reflect that on the screen."