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January 11, 2008
Carla Meyer's Movie Picks

In today's Weekend Ticket, I review movies opening this week. But, if you're interested in other options, here are my recommendations for previously released films:


The Great Debaters

3 stars
Showing a flair for period detail and – just as he did in his equally fine first directorial effort, “Antwone Fisher” – a gift for directing young people, Denzel Washington quickly establishes the rarefied atmosphere within a small African American college in 1930s Texas. When the picture moves outside the school and into the Jim Crow South, the contrast shocks and saddens.
Rated PG-13

Juno
3 stars
Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) disquiets adults with frank descriptions of her pregnancy. She incorporates tired phrases like “kick this old school” into her vocabulary, perhaps quasi-ironically, perhaps not. She’s trying these phrases out. She’s trying a lot of things out.
Rated PG-13

The Orphanage
3 stars
The cinematography in this Spanish horror film is evocative, but the greatest visual asset is actress Belén Rueda’s face. Throughout what will be an ordeal for the family at the center of the film, Rueda always imparts her character’s physical and emotional duress. Sometimes, her face reveals more than the action occurring on screen.
Rated R

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