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3 items from 2011

Debt, The | Review

31 August 2011 6:49 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: John Madden Writers: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman, Peter Straughan, Assaf Bernstein (Ha-Hov), Ido Rosenblum (Ha-Hov) Starring: Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain, Tom Wilkinson, Marton Csokas, Ciarán Hinds, Sam Worthington, Romi Aboulafia, Jesper Christensen Based on Assaf Bernstein's 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov, John Madden's English-language remake -- The Debt -- intelligently comments on the creation of political heroes and myths, all the while discussing the existential turmoil caused by having to live with a lie. But, opting for Oscar fodder over substance, The Debt attempts to traverse -- superficially, at best -- such emotionally heavy subjects as responsibility, guilt, sacrifice, revenge and regret. David, Stefan and Rachel's personal histories are so entrenched in the history of Israel that they will never be able to escape their past for as long as they live. Israel recognizes them as political heroes and there is no turning their backs on that. The truth »

- Don Simpson

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The Debt Movie Review

30 August 2011 5:11 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: The Debt Director: John Madden Starring: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, Tom Wilkinson, Jesper Christensen, Ciaran Hinds, Romi Aboulafia The Debt is one of those movies where one simply needs to read the synopsis when deciding whether or not to give this a look. It’s a balanced spy-thriller where there is just as much rhetoric as there is old-school action sequences – due to the fact that this 114 minute flick takes place in Germany in 1965. Knowing that, the script is penned by the fantastical Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), who has found a way to blend substantial moments with over-the-top fun in his »

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Review of "Joe + Belle"

12 July 2011 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Totally off-kilter, sexy and stylish in a distinctly grungy, almost '90s sort of way, Joe + Belle is the story of two young women who meet and fall in love under bizarre, darkly hilarious circumstances. A creative tour-de-force for star/director/writer Veronica Kedar, it manages to say something deep about love and violence while still offering all the gallows humor you could hope for.

Warning: Some spoilers

We meet Joe (Kedar), a sexy, devil-may-care drug dealer, as she arrives home to Tel Aviv after a productive drug run in Bangkok. Her voiceover is all pouty post-modern depression, and her recent ex-boyfriend, Matan (Yotam Ishay), won’t stop calling her. She meets up with Abigail (Romi Aboulafia), a friend and fellow dealer, and goes home to her apartment, ready to relax in the shower.

We meet Belle (Sivan Levy), our other leading lady, as her mother picks her up from »

- Danielle Riendeau

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