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Your Holiday Movie Guide

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For those who missed them (or would like to have them gathered in one place), here are my takes on several of the theatrical offerings vying for your turkey-bloated patronage:

Australia (short version: A bloated mess, and conclusive proof that the talented Baz Luhrmann needs to stop trying to do tragedy)

Milk (Not a bad film, but one that comes 20 years too late and is less moving and memorable than the 1984 documentary The Times of Harvey Milk)

I've Loved You So Long (A good film; a great, great performance by Kristin Scott Thomas)

Twilight (Not terrible, but probably a better bet if you're 15 than if you're not)

Quantum of Solace (weak plot, awful Bond Girl, but Daniel Craig is again a revelation as 007)

Slumdog Millionaire (The ending drags a bit, but this is nonetheless the most satisfying film of the season)

Synecdoche, New York (Not for everyone, but an extraordinarily ambitious film and immersive moviegoing experience)

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

--Christopher Orr

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