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Monday, December 14, 2009

Everybody's Fine starring Robert DeNiro, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale is a remake of a wonderful Italian film Stanno Tuti Bene, a 1990 drama directed by Giuseepe Tornatore which won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and nominated for a Golden Palm at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. It also won the David di Donatello Award for best film music and the Silver Ribbon for Best Original Story by the Italian National Syndicate of Fim. I don't think the current remake will win any awards but it may win some hearts. Robert DeNiro plays a Dad trying to keep in touch with his grown children after the death of his wife. Not at ease with this new role of a communicating father, he learns about his children's lives and their failures when he visits each in turn.

The race to the Oscar's has begun with the release of some wonderful films this month. So much hype about:

Up in the Air the new George Clooney film was released Dec. 4. Can't wait for it to open in Connecticut!

Crazy Heart opening Dec. 16 is the new Jeff Bridges film. He plays Bad Blake a broken-down, hard-living country musician and, after seeing him recently in The Men Who Stare at Goats, I can't wait for his new film to open.

Avatar the new James Cameron masterpiece will opening Dec. 18. This seems to be Cameron's newest tour de force, a combination of live action and anamation.

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