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But Tarantino is self-indulgent and his "more is more" style doesn't work here. Had he omitted some lush lingering shots of period details and geysers of blood (plus the heavy use of the N-word), "Django" could have been about 30 minutes shorter, like those classic oaters the director so loves.
Matt Damon and
With the potential for the farmers to become millionaires, is it their one chance for salvation from "self-delusional mythology," or should they consider the environment? Is it any worse than being dependent on gas and oil?
Krasinski and Damon are sympathetic as they use David vs. Goliath tactics to win over a small town to their side.
But while I admired "Promised Land," it seemed too timid; there was no thrill of validation in the big finale. Only
Kids, take your parents to this one
They are called upon to supervise their grandchildren for five days while the kids' parents take a well-deserved vacation. The habits and values of the new generation cause a major collision with the old folks' view of life. Several funny mishaps follow until all the players are changed for the better.
|It's not high art, but it delivers sentimental laughter and tears in all the right places. It's the most family-friendly movie in theaters right now. The packed house and applause at my screening proved it's a crowd-pleaser for young and old alike.SUSANNE PEREZ lives in Costa Mesa and is an executive assistant for a company in Irvine.|