FILM REVIEWS: Movie award contenders
Posted: Jan 9, 2013 5:57 PM ET
Last Updated: Jan 10, 2013 1:44 PM ET
CBC film critic Eli Glasner's reviews of select film award-season contenders.
(Universal Pictures/Associated Press)Les Misérables
"This is a fascinating mistake. This is like Les Misérables, unplugged."(DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox)
"Daniel Day Lewis is understated and remarkable as the 16th American president in Steven Spielberg's anticipated drama Lincoln."Life of Pi
"A feast for the eyes."
(Andrew Cooper/Alliance Films )Django Unchained
"A movie as audacious as it is eloquent."(JoJo Whilden/The Weinstein Company/Associated Press)Silver Linings Playbook
"Unconventional and comedic, its portrait of two people who refuse to be defined by their condition is ultimately moving."
(Laurie Sparham/Focus Features/Associated Press)
"In an audacious adaptation, director Joe Wright takes no prisoners with Tolstoy's classic novel Anna Karenina, adding a theatrical flourish to the story of love lost and found."(Francois Duhamel/Sony Pictures/Associated Press)Skyfall
"Bond is back and renewed like never before in a movie that pays tribute to the past while making the case for 007's relevance."(Claire Folger/Warner Bros. )Argo
"A breathless dash for freedom that takes some equally breathless liberties with the facts, Argo is a classic bit of Hollywood entertainment, a great escape set during the Iran Hostage crisis."(The Weinstein Company/Associated Press)
"Though undeniably linked to Scientology, Paul Thomas Anderson's masterful drama is ultimately an exploration of the attraction and the physics of the personalities who pull us in."(eOne Films)Moonrise Kingdom
"In a movie packed with famous faces, it's a pair of young, unknown actors that make Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson's finest film."(Disney/Pixar/Associated Press)Brave
"Brave is many things: a mythic fable, a Scottish comedy as subtle as a Billy Connolly monologue and a movie about princess who needs no rescuing."(James Fisher/Warner Bros./Associated Press)
"Director Peter Jackson appears to be so devoted to J.R.R. Tolkien's original, he's forgotten he needs to tell a story rather than just fit all those dwarfs on the screen."
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