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reviewed White House Down (2013 film). June 26, 2013
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'White House Down' directed by Roland Emmerich
By Joan Alperin Schwartz   First off, I was definitely not looking forward to seeing this film. I  mean, I just saw the White House blown up a couple of months ago in a not so great …
posted a Quick Tip about Stranger Than Fiction. October 19, 2010
Stranger Than Fiction
I wasn't eager to see this. Then I couldn't wait to persuade my husband to see it. A weird premise beautifully executed.
posted a Quick Tip about Mona Lisa Smile (2003 movie). August 19, 2010
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Mona Lisa Smile
I didn't know all these amazing actresses came together in a single movie. A shame I missed it 7 years ago... :X
reviewed Crazy Heart. July 27, 2010
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Crazy Heart
Jeff Bridges stars in his Academy Award winning performance as Bad Blake, a washed-up country music singer who has resorted to traveling alone in a beat-up pickup truck, …
reviewed Crazy Heart. May 25, 2010
Crazy Heart
Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a sick, old, bum of a country singer whose better days are long gone.  Reduced to one-nighters in bowling alleys, he stumbles through his shows in a drunken haze, but …
posted a Quick Tip about Crazy Heart. May 09, 2010
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Crazy Heart
An extremely well-acted and engaging drama revolving around an aging, alcoholic country singer and his attempts at a normal family life.
posted a Quick Tip about Crazy Heart. March 13, 2010
Crazy Heart
I went to see Jeff Bridges' Oscar-nominated role and came away genuinely touched by this film.
posted a Quick Tip about Crazy Heart. February 06, 2010
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Crazy Heart
Fantastic film. Jeff Bridges deserves every award he wins. He was 100% Bad Blake. And I'm buying the soundtrack.
reviewed Sherrybaby. December 09, 2009
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Sherrybaby
   I don't know why this film got so many positive reviews. Other than Giancarlo Esposito's excellent portrayal of Sherry's parole officer, this movie has little to offer.       …
reviewed Mona Lisa Smile (2003 movie). October 27, 2009
Mona Lisa Smile
   Julia Roberts as Ms. Watson, an art history teacher at an all girls university (Wellesly) in the early 50's, gives a surprisingly good performance backed up by some of the top actresses in …
reviewed Stranger Than Fiction. April 05, 2009
Stranger Than Fiction
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):     1. Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) is a tax man. As a matter of fact, he's the kind of serious tax man that the Beatles sang about:   "Now …
reviewed Stranger Than Fiction. March 05, 2009
Stranger Than Fiction
I was pleasantly surprised at this very well-done film with a highly likeable Will Ferrell as Harold Crick who is a character in a novel by Emma Thompson (I forgot her character's name) that Emma has …
reviewed Stranger Than Fiction. February 07, 2009
Stranger Than Fiction
Best-selling author, Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson), is struggling with her newest novel. How will she kill the main character, Harold Crick? Little does she know, Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) is real and …
reviewed Stranger Than Fiction. December 17, 2008
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Stranger Than Fiction
Imagine that your whole life, your entire existence was the creation of another human being's mind. What would it feel like to know that your actions were not the result of individual thought but were …
reviewed Stranger Than Fiction. November 08, 2008
Stranger Than Fiction
The premise is simple but interesting: guy starts hearing a disembodied voice narrating his life and realizes he's a character in someone else's story. That's pretty much it. But the movie manages to …
reviewed Stranger Than Fiction. December 18, 2007
Stranger Than Fiction
What an intriguing concept - an ordinary if somewhat introverted man who, unbeknownst to himself, is actually a character in a novel-in-progress, and a novelist whose character, unbeknownst to her, is …
reviewed Stranger Than Fiction. October 01, 2007
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Stranger Than Fiction
I was pleasantly surprised at this very well-done film with a highly likeable Will Ferrell as Harold Crick who is a character in a novel by Emma Thompson (I forgot her character's name) that Emma has …
reviewed Sherrybaby. September 09, 2007
Sherrybaby
Pros: Maggie Gyllenhaal performance; supporting cast     Cons: Very few     The Bottom Line: A starkly realistic portrayal of the human condition, worthy of British …
reviewed Stranger Than Fiction. September 07, 2007
Stranger Than Fiction
Truly enjoyable movie. Thompson creates yet another memorable character. She truly excells at portraying cynical characters. Gyllenhaal's character, although not as memorable, was well portrayed. Huffman …
reviewed Stranger Than Fiction. August 22, 2007
Stranger Than Fiction
I have a hobby as a writer. I've actually had some of my work published. I've done some pretty awful, horrible things to some of my characters. I've killed them, maimed them, subjected them to abuse parents, …
reviewed Sherrybaby. August 13, 2007
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Sherrybaby
I don't know why this film got so many positive reviews. Other than Giancarlo Esposito's excellent portrayal of Sherry's parole officer, this movie has little to offer.     Sherry …
reviewed Stranger Than Fiction. July 05, 2007
Stranger Than Fiction
You have to love a movie that starts with a   fabulous premise. In this case, the life of   hyperbollically drawn tax auditor is mysteriously   linked with the fate of a …
reviewed Stranger Than Fiction. May 16, 2007
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Stranger Than Fiction
Pros: Clever idea     Cons: Concept fizzles out halfway through     The Bottom Line: Writers are nuts.     Stranger than Fiction should be a …
reviewed Stranger Than Fiction. May 16, 2007
Stranger Than Fiction
Will Ferrell as IRS agent Harold Crick seems at the edge of an abyss. Complacency, sameness, loneliness lure him into the empty hole of existence vs. living.    One day, during his …
reviewed Stranger Than Fiction. May 07, 2007
Stranger Than Fiction
People who complain about voices in their head used to be locked up or banished. Now they make great subjects for movies. This movie is about a methodic and boring man, Harold, who suddenly discovers …
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