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Saturday, April 10, 2010

See these two in the theaters:

Green Zone starring Matt Damon is based on the book by Rajiv Chandrasekaran "Imperial Life in the Emerald City." I love Matt Damon, he's such a capable actor. You believe in him and, even in a very action backed thin script, you believe in him. He's the perfect white knight who questions the intel locating WMDs in Baghdad in 2003. He doesn't want to risk his men and he wants to find out who's giving him such bad information. A bit light on script but heavy on nighttime street chases and firefighting. But it keeps you engaged. B-

The Ghost Writer starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Bronson is based on a Robert Harris bestseller. Ewan McGregor grabs and runs with his role as the writer hired to complete the memoirs of the unseated British prime minister taking refuge in America after being accused of war crimes. While working on the book, the ghost uncovers clues suggesting secrets may be hidden in the manuscript that puts his life at risk. The starkness of the sets, the grey cold atmospheric weather and the music only heighten the suspense. Polanski, despite his personal problems, is a gifted director. A-

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