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The Breakthrough Performances Of 2010

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 27, 2010 6:23 AM
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The Ladies Dominate The Breakout Field This Year

Review: 'True Grit' An Old-Fashioned Oater Only The Coens Could Make

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2010 3:04 AM
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Judging by some of the early reviews of "True Grit" you would think that the Coens had left their bag of tricks at home when making the film, delivering a respectful if overly formal western. However, it seems those reviewers who got an early look forgot that the Coens are often found at the height of their creative powers when operating with a genre milieu. Take "Miller's Crossing," "The Hudsucker Proxy" or "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" -- all films with giant nods to filmmakers of yore, yet each imbued with the Coens' own distinctive thematic obsessions: this all continues with "True Grit." Wickedly funny, undeniably compelling and yes, touched with a less cynical heart than some of their most recent efforts (though hardly "sentimental" as some critics have suggested) the picture finds the Coens pushing all their usual techniques to the fore, while at the same time keeping them constrained by the genre they're working within and for most part, it works wonderfully.

Can't Wait To See 'True Grit'? Here's Four Clips From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2010 11:14 AM
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While all the Oscar prognosticators are spit shining "The Fighter" this week and trumpeting it as the Best Picture winner, that sentiment will pretty much change next week when "True Grit" starts screening en masse and every crystal ball awards season genie will switch up their tune.

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