Author Archive: Sawyer Lahr

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The American

The American

| September 1, 2010

George Clooney is American hit man Jack or Edward, depending on what gorgeous foreign woman is in his presence. Unlike his usual charming self, he couldn’t have any less personality as a serious hit man in a mid-life crisis. Based on the novel A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth, The American is an understated […]

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The Shadow Within

The Shadow Within

| July 6, 2010

The Shadow Within stars Beth Winslet (Kate’s sister), a doting young doctor in a small French village during WWII. Every moment instills a fear that someone is lurking around every corner, behind the wall of the crickety old house where Maurice, a little boy possessed by the ghost of his angry twin brother, Jacque, who […]

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I Am Love

I Am Love

| July 5, 2010

The misty mountains of Sanremo, Italy are an arousing backdrop to a forbidden love across class boundaries from the last vestiges of Milanese aristocracy to the working-class rural proletariat. Married to the heir of a textile manufacturing company, Emma (Tilda Swinton) is an out-of-place Russian emigre who excuses herself early from family gatherings to the […]

Metropolis

Metropolis

| June 23, 2010

Nothing feels as complete as when it’s been restored, even for the first time seeing Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) co-written with his then wife, Thea von Harbou. Now restored to its original two and half-hour running time, the story goes that the missing 25 minutes was cut by Paramount Studios when the German UFA production […]

The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right

| June 21, 2010

Don’t go expecting a lesbian movie or The Who Rock Concert, The Kids Are All Right is a rare lesbian family drama that might get the Mormon’s railing to overturn gay adoption rights in California. That is, if it plays out of LA and NYC. Known for daring yet substantive projects including this one, Focus […]

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Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3

| June 21, 2010

With Toy Story 3, Pixar maintains its loyal fan base of all ages, ethnicities, even sexual orientations – Ken Barbie – while passing on a franchise to the next generation of youth five years plus. The animation studio that cranks out hit after hit is owned by The Walt Disney Company but knows how to […]

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Letters to Juliet

Letters to Juliet

| June 16, 2010

There is a reason Vanessa Redgrave comes first in the publicized synopsis for Letters to Juliet. She gives the only good performance as one side of a long lost love affair restored with an inspiring letter that sparks a journey to find true love, at least for Redgrave. Her escort on the search is her […]

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Cyrus

Cyrus

| June 16, 2010

Two months after the Hollywood/mumblecore mash-up Greenburg, the directors of Puffy Chair and Baghead join up with a cast of at least two of the best actors working in the business to release a tragically comic story of a clingy ex-husband (John C. Reily) and a momma’s boy played by Jonah Hill. The momma (Marissa […]

Creation

Creation

| June 16, 2010

Set in the few years prior to the first 1859 publication of the Origin of Species, Creation, directed by Jon Amiel, is flat psychological drama happening in the head of the young Charles Darwin (Paul Bettany, Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code). Playing opposite his actual wife, Jennifer Connely, Bettany evokes the Darwin behind his […]

Sex and the City 2

Sex and the City 2

| June 7, 2010

Any fan of the show will be happy to see the gang back together, more mature in their marriages or in menopause on an escape vacation as only a hundred million dollars and Michael Patrick King could envision it. For Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha, sex and the city on HBO meant sex and relationships […]

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