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Entries from March 2008


March 7th, 2008 · No Comments

The opening film of the ninth Chicago Irish Film Festival, Garage, proved to be a really pleasant surprise. Director Leonard Abrahamson, with whom I had no prior familiarity, has a gift that is rare among realist filmmakers: the confidence to give strongly-drawn characters enough space to flourish, both on the screen and in the consciousness [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Comedy · Drama

Beowulf & Grendel

March 1st, 2008 · No Comments

On occasion a certain movie gets repeatedly bumped down on my Netflix queue for so long that when it actually makes it to my mailbox, I can’t for the life of me recall why I added it in the first place. When it comes to Beowulf & Grendel, the 2006 live-action rendition of the [...]

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Tags: Action/Adventure · Capsule · Drama