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September 13, 2007
Carla Meyer's Movie Picks


Wondering which movie to see this weekend?

Every week in Friday's Weekend Ticket section, I review new movies and I recommend previously released films. Can't wait to see? Well, this feature now appears at 21Q each Thursday afternoon.

My picks among recently released movies:

Becoming Jane
3 stars
Anne Hathaway (pictured above) sparkles as a young Jane Austen, and James McAvoy brings vigor to the role of the slightly rough-hewn Irishman who charms the young writer.
Rated PG

3:10 to Yuma
3 1/2 stars
Christian Bale is more instantly sympathetic than Van Heflin, was in the same role as a struggling rancher in the 1957 original. Whereas Heflin seemed like a weakened man’s man, Bale’s rancher character is a visibly vulnerable guy who seems unable to catch a break. A drought has ravaged his land, and he no longer can provide for his family. The angular Bale looks hungry, in sharp contrast to the full-faced Russell Crowe, criminal anti-hero to Bale’s hero.
Rated R

2 Days in Paris
3 stars
His role as uptight American Jack at first seems one-note, but Adam Goldberg finds degrees of tension to play within the coiled Jack, whose senses are under attack in Paris. But though Jack’s jealousies and various ailments evoke Woody Allen, it’s French girlfriend Marion (Julie Delpy) who wears the thick black glasses in this family. Delpy is, after all, director, writer and star, so it’s only fitting that she give herself the juiciest part, which she proceeds to act the heck out of.
Rated R

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