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The Blind Side
The emotions are earned honestly, and Sandra Bullock delivers an affecting portrayal of a self-aware woman of substance.
Pedro Almodovar’s mesmerizing melodrama brims over with bittersweet, tragic romance. Penelope Cruz is scary good.
Jeff Bridges is a convincing, pitiable wreck grasping at his last straw, elevating the wearily familiar material.
Clint Eastwood has made the best film of the year … about rugby. (Review at Cinematical.)
Alec Baldwin is genius, Meryl Streep is all tics and Steve Martin disappears in Nancy Meyers’ soggy romantic fantasy.
Creaky, entirely predictable comedy – and not in a good way. Amy Adams salvages several scenes, but otherwise entirely missable.
Oddly uneven and forced, as Guy Ritchie struggles with the scope and tone. Robert Downey Jr. is amusing as always.
Up in the Air
Oppressively traditional, Jason Reitman’s character drama is intent on discovery through self-flaggellation.