Frozen River (2008)

Cool runnings…

As Courtney Hunt’s film opens on a lingering shot of the frozen Saint Lawrence river in the wilds of upstate New York, so a chill sets in that permeates the whole of this remarkable human thriller. And it’s not just the sub-zero weather than sends a shiver up the spine, but the length the movie’s protagonist Ray (Melissa Leo) has to go to in order to survive.

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The Reader (DVD)

More than words

The Academy has been known to make questionable choices when it hands out those Oscars every February, but their decision to name Kate Winslet as Best Actress at this year’s ceremony was clearly the right one. For her performance in Stephen Daldry’s The Reader is, like the film itself, powerful, moving and provocative.

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