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Movies: ‘Barney’s Version’
leong@lakevillejournal.com

Paul Giamatti is the anti-pretty-boy movie star: Balding, exophthalmic, slightly bowed and flabby, he specializes in curmudgeons — the garrulous oenophile in “Sideways”; the pessimist in “American Splendor”; the fussy, self-aggrandizing, intellectual John Adams. But he can also do tender, caring. Why else would Abigail Adams (especially as portrayed by a luminous Laura Linney in the HBO series) love and respect him so much?

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Come Back, Liam, We Miss You

Movies: 'Unknown'

Where have you gone, Liam Neeson, Liam Neeson? With your deep-set, blazing silver-blue eyes and your rugged good looks? Your gravelly voice tempered by soft, rolling Irish tones? We loved you for your self-effacing heroism as Oskar Schindler and marveled at your gentle turn as the widowed father in “Love Actually.”
Do you really want to trade all that in for the chance to say — no, growl — lines like “I haven’t forgotten how to kill you, [expletive]!”?

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Mystery Surrounds the Ghost Bird

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A Wrenching And Disturbing Tale

Movies: ‘Animal Kingdom’

You may not have seen “Animal Kingdom,” the extraordinary film about an Australian crime family that won a Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Nor will you have heard of Jackie Weaver, quite rightly nominated for best supporting actress at the Academy Awards, Feb. 27.

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A New Horror Genre: Don’t Fret, Friends, Things Will Get Worse

Movies: ‘Another Year’
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

I have two theories about Mike Leigh’s “Another Year.”
The first is that it is the single most depressing film ever made.
How depressing is it?
It’s so depressing it makes “Sid and Nancy” look like “Mary Poppins.”
Tom (Jim Broadbent) and Gerri (Ruth Sheen) are an infuriatingly well-adjusted couple in their early 60s, or thereabouts. He’s a geologist; she’s a counselor. They live in London and get a lot of satisfaction out of their allotment (a community vegetable garden).

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