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Weekend Movie Guide: Don't Doubt Clint!

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Those better not be teenagers on my lawn! | Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

In Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood has finally fused his many previous cinema personas into something both grand and elegant. It belongs in the Oscar conversation (plus Clint sings!). Doubt was timelier when it opened onstage years back, but how do you miss anything featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep (Along Came Polly and Mamma Mia excepted)? The Day the Earth Stood Still might be worth watching if virtually anyone other than Keanu Reeves inhabited the central role. He's a likable schlumpf in a role that demands an actor with a quiet and menacing charisma. Michael Shannon anyone?

The presence of the electric Freddy Rodriguez makes Nothing Like the Holidays worth seeing. Unfortunately, the presence of Debra Messing cancels that out. Is it just me or does What Doesn't Kill You give off a strong Before the Devil Knows You're Dead vibe? Ruffalo pulls me in; Hawke pushes me away. I'm truly torn because I dig this type of movie. I'm sorry but The Reader just looks dull. Well-made, serious...and dull. Ditto for Delgo and Timecrimes. Maybe Wendy and Lucy will open up the eyes of the masses who don't yet realize what a phenomenal actress Michelle Williams really is.

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