September’s movies reviewed

Man. September seems ages ago. Still, here are a few words on (most of) what I saw last month:

  • Win Win (Thomas McCarthy, 2011)
    McCarthy’s third is not his best (that would be The Visitor) but still one of this year’s highlights. Top acting. (B)
  • Fast Five (Justin Lin, 2011)
    Great fun. No more, no less. (B-)
  • The Next Three Days (Paul Haggis, 2010) and
    Pour elle (Fred Cavayé, 2008)
    My thoughts here and there. (B and B-, respectively)
  • Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011)
    Kristen Wiig used to really annoy me on SNL, but I’ve grown to like her. Very funny movie, with one scene’s obvious exception. (B-)
  • Fail-Safe (Sidney Lumet, 1964)
    After you get over the obvious Dr. Strangelove similarities this is a wonderfully acted, suspenseful and in the end downright eerie movie. (A-)
  • Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh, 1998)
    Soderbergh brings out the best in his actors. Even Jennifer Lopez shines here. Clooney’s perfect as usual, of course.
  • Låt den rätte komma in (Let The Right One In, Tomas Alfredson, 2008) and
    Let Me In (Matt Reeves, 2010)
    I liked both the Swedish original and the US remake of this kid vampire horror story. The young actors were better (and creepier) in the 2008 version, but the remake has the amazing Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas in a great role that’s not in the Swedish film. (B- and C+, respectively)
  • Unstoppable (Tony Scott, 2010)
    Like with Scott’s Pelham 123 remake, the constantly moving camera really gets on my nerves here. Maybe it’s supposed to keep the viewer awake, which it barely managed to do in my case. (C-)
  • Fair Game (Doug Liman, 2010) (B)
  • Hævnen (In A Better World, Susanne Bier, 2010)
    I can understand some of the criticism, but I was thoroughly moved by this Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner. Acting, both by the kids and the adults, is superb. (B+)
  • Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011)
    One of those films that I still think about a lot days (weeks now) after seeing it. I’ll watch it again soon and maybe write down some more thoughts. (A)
  • Horrible Bosses (Seth Gordon, 2011)
    I honestly thought everything fun/worthwhile about this was already in the trailers, but I was pleasently surprised in the end. Great comedy all around. (B-)

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