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CANNES FESTIVAL, Diane Kruger the surefire winner of the acting prize for “In The Fade”? We say yes!

A film about sorrow and justice
Diane Kruger and Numan Acar
Directed by Fatih Akin

The characters in director Fatih Akin’s movies are flawed, they use drugs, they take a contrarian approach to life, they survive life rather than live it (and they listen to fantastic music). While studying the humanities in college Katja (Diane Kruger, in a very strong performance) enjoyed the instant gratification of chemicals and fell for her drug dealer, the virile and handsome Nuri ... more >

Did American cinema make the grade in 2012?

"Lincoln" rounds out the scoreboard

Throughout 2012 I found myself drawn more toward world cinema--particularly European films--and less to American ones. Reasons are numerous, among which the number of rote big-budget efforts, repeated from one movie to the next, totally predictable, with nothing to surprise viewers, let alone engage them. Full disclosure: I don’t live on the planet where audiences flock to the "Harry Potter" ... more >

Diane Kruger, Farewell my Queen

Farewell my Queen

A new and convincing take on the trials of Marie Antoinette
Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen and Léa Seydoux
Directed by Benoît Jacquot

Fanciers of period pieces, stay away. The Marie-Antoinette of Benoît Jacquot’s film is no dimpled and fashionable clueless Austrian princess busy trying on new wigs. Instead, she (Diane Kruger) is red-eyed with distress and worry, not so much out of awareness of gathering storms but because her bosom friend, the haughty Duchess of Polignac (Virginie Ledoyen) is not present enough. The time is ... more >

Unknown

Strangely Liam Neeson establishes himself as action hero
Liam Neeson, January Jones, and Diane Kruger
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra

Liam Neeson’s life gets "taken" and he has to fight to get it back in Unknown, the star’s best attempt so far at banking on his action hero personae. Sure Unknown is like a smorgasbord of other thrillers (the Bourne series and Frantic chief among them) rolled up into one but it does so many things right that I barely even noticed the resemblance until the lights in the theater came up. Neeson ... more >