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What's at the Movies
January 2008
by Carolyn McFaul

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Michael Clayton

This is a sharp legal thriller from first time director Tony Gilroy, known more for his screen writing (The Bourne Identity). George Clooney stars as a "fixer" for a law firm who runs into deception and dark dealings when he tries to rescue a colleague.

This was an excellent movie and kept me interested the whole two hours. Go see it.

120 minutes
Rated R (L)
Carolyn's Rating - A
Critic's rating - B+

Gone Baby Gone

In his directing debut, Ben Affleck has found his calling. In a film bases on a child abduction novel by Dennis Lehane, Affleck presents a piece oozing with atmosphere and rich, complicated characters, with his brother Casey Affleck and Michele Monaghan.

There was too much swearing in this one and I didn't agree with the ending. Although it did hold my interest to the very end.

114 minutes
Rated R (VDL)
Carolyn's Rating - B
Critic's Rating - A

Dan In Real Life

This movie is love in all of its messy, illogical glory and it shakes up a cautious widower, Dan (Steve Carell) when he falls for Marie (Juliette Binoche) who happens to be his brother's girlfriend. At the time, Dan is not aware of this.

Carrell gives a tremendous performance in a film that offers heartwarming humor and grown-up themes. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. My sister didn't like it. Oh well, more family rivalry. I say - Go see it!

93 minutes
Rated PG 13
Carolyn's Rating - A
Critic's rating - A

American Gangster

Leave the kids at home on this movie. The "F" word is occurring all through the movie along with nude girls packing heroin. They are nude, they say, because "you know they are not stealing it". The story line is a movie about Frank Lucas, a real life black New York drug dealer.

Despite the presence of Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, this is just an ok crime flick from director Ridley Scott. It's an epic-sized film about the rise and fall of Frank Lucas, who thinks nothing of killing people to reach his goal and you see all the destruction he causes in the lives of innocent people who have nothing.

It is sad seeing all this, but to some it is a big case of greed - greed - greed!

157 minutes
Rated R (VDLNS)
Carolyn's Rating - C
Critic's rating - B-

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