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The Treachery of Awards: Kristin, Gillian and René Magritte

When a great actor like Stewart or Anderson gives a great performance like Princess Diana or Lilly Bart, and that work is not recognized, or, at least, not recognized to the degree that it should be, there is a cognitive dissonance of the type you get when you gaze at Rene Magritte’s 1929 surrealistic masterpiece “The Treachery of Images “and its three way paradox of image, words and objects.

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Jane Campions “The Power of the Dog” captures and expands on the themes present in Thomas Savage’s original novel Score 95%

Jane Campions “The Power of the Dog” captures and expands on the themes present in Thomas Savage’s original novel

Rose’s decline after he arrival at chez Burbank is quite the plunge. Dunst, however, is so good, so heartbreakingly real, that she makes it all believable. An actress who has been superb in so many movies, gliding back and forth with ease between lead and support, this is the role that finally gets Dunst her due and, hopefully her first Oscar nomination.

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CODA is an improvement on the French original. Score 60%

CODA is an improvement on the French original.

It is Ruby’s attachment to he dad (deaf actor Troy Kotsur, very good) that is the heart of the movie. They have a great chemistry that involves the viewer from the beginning. Marlee Matlin gives the movie her blessing by playing the mom but her role is small and one presumes that it was her marquee value in getting the film made that was essential here.

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