Adam (2009)

Love conquers all?

It seems that most romantic comedies tread a fine line between schmaltzy melodrama and acerbic sarcasm; very few manage to successfully walk the tightrope between the two. And although writer/director Max Mayer’s first film since 1998’s forgotten Better Living doesn’t fall heavily on either side, it certainly dips a toe or two in the stream of sentimentality.

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Let the Right One In (DVD)

Raising the stakes…

Dark, intelligent and deeply affecting, Swedish thriller Let the Right One In is not just one of the greatest vampire movies ever made; it’s one of the greatest films ever made, period. It may have a pair of 12-year-old kids at its heart, but it expresses sweeping, universal themes of identity, isolation and intolerance with both style and substance.

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Public Enemies (2009)

Gangster Number One

It wasn’t just the oppressive heat that was generating a buzz in the screening room; there was a palpable sense of anticipation in the air, even among the most hardened critics. Teaming as it does the remarkable acting talents of Johnny Depp and Christian Bale together with the impressive directorial weight of Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider, Ali), Public Enemies was a serious contender for movie of the year before even a minute had unspooled on screen. To live up to this level of extreme expectation the film needed to go way beyond great – it needed to be perfect.

It is.

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