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For the Love of Film...

Welcome to my review website. I love movies, and here’s the place I talk about them. You’ll find my ratings, on a scale of zero to five stars, in all of my posts. For each film, I’ve written either a full critique, which is a longer piece; a compact review, which is usually just a paragraph; or a quick take, which is only a sentence or two. I also post articles about the world of cinema on my film blog.

In the Comments section on each page, feel free to share your own thoughts and feelings about the films discussed here.

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The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

The critically acclaimed The Hurt Locker felt manipulative and didn’t quite ring true (which isn’t to say it isn’t realistic, which it might actually be). Even so, the acting, directing and cinematography are all solid. Violent and intense, the film tells the story of a U.S. wartime bomb squad in Iraq. It contains some interesting plot points, but the motivations seem lacking, and the tale drags at times; good but not great.

**¾ (out of *****)

©2018 David R. George III


2009 • 2 HOURS, 11 MINUTES
SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT • VOLTAGE PICTURES • GROSVENOR PARK MEDIA, LP • F.C.S.A. • FIRST LIGHT PRODUCTION • KINGSGATE FILMS

STARRING
• 
JEREMY RENNERANTHONY MACKIE

ALSO STARRING
• 
BRIAN GERAGHTYEVANGELINE LILLYRALPH FIENNESDAVID MORSEGUY PEARCE

WRITTEN BY
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MARK BOAL

DIRECTED BY
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KATHRYN BIGELOW

2009 ACADEMY AWARDS (6)
• BEST PICTURE
• BEST DIRECTOR: KATHRYN BIGELOW
• BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
• BEST FILM EDITING
• BEST SOUND EDITING
• BEST SOUND MIXING

ADDITIONAL 2009 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS (3)
• BEST ACTOR: JEREMY RENNER (LOST TO
JEFF BRIDGES FOR CRAZY HEART)
• BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (LOST TO
AVATAR)
• BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (LOST TO
UP)

The Fabulous Baker Boys

The Fabulous Baker Boys

Speed

Speed