Movie Reviews: January 2, 2008

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Blanchett teams with Brad Pitt for the second time in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which opened Dec. 25, 2008.

Revolutionary Road (14A), 2.5 stars (out of 4)
Titanic leads Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio star in this adaptation of Richard Yates’ celebrated novel. The casting is impeccable, while the art direction, cinematography and score are top-notch, but the film is a textbook example of how quality parts don’t always connect to make a satisfying whole.
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Marley & Me (PG), 3 stars (out of 4)
This tale of “the world’s worst dog” happily never lets cheap dog jokes get in the way of the story. Starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, there are plenty of laughs, but you might also want to bring lots of Kleenex with you.
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG), 4 stars (out of 4)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a magical and moving account of a man living his life resoundingly in reverse, very loosely based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story. Starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, and directed by David Fincher, it delivers top-notch moviemaking in every department.
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Valkyrie (PG), 2 stars (out of 4)
Tom Cruise stars in this historical thriller about the 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler by a band of German officers. The supporting cast is stellar, but the movie never recovers from a slow, awkward initial half-hour, and Cruise’s wooden performance is painful to watch.
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The Wrestler (14A), 4 stars (out of 4)
Mickey Rourke stars as aging professional wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson in this humane, soulful and occasionally humorous portrait of life on the way down from the top. The entire cast is excellent, but Rourke delivers an astonishing performance of grace, heart and hard-won insights that demands Oscar attention.
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The Spirit (14A), 1 star (out of 4)
This big screen adaptation of Will Eisner’s much-revered 1940s comic strip hits numerous low points. Samuel L. Jackson hams it up without a smidgen of shame or restraint as the Octopus, the Spirit’s arch-enemy, while the target audience will expect much better things from 
300 and Sin City creator Frank Miller.
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Bedtime Stories (G), 2 stars (out of 4)
Adam Sandler stars in this family-friendly Disney movie, but it’s no surprise that the two main ingredients – colourful, holiday-appropriate schmaltz and Sandler’s aggressively sophomoric brand of comedy – don’t always coalesce.
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