August, Osage County

The Oklahoma of Tracy Lett’s August; Osage County is a total freakin’ wasteland. I’m not talking about the fertile, rolling farmlands stretching off across the plains in glorious golden technicolor summer sunshine. But instead, inside the chintzy over-stuffed patriarchal home of the Weston family, whose Dad has just killed himself. This singular event provides the…

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Jack the Giantslayer

I can’t tell you how much this film irritated me. A glitzy Hollywood retelling of the simple Jack in the Beanstalk fairytale, it’s like they wheeled out the old props and sets from Princess Diaries and added as much busy CGI as they could to show how clever they were. Initially I’d been excited because…

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Beginners

I think whoever was in charge of marketing Beginners was a bit of a genius. As far as I can tell, the film is being punted that it’s the bitter-sweet story of Hal, a widowed 75 year old Museum Director, who comes bursting out of the closet after the death of his wife. It is…

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