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Saturday, May 14, 2005
Angry Movies
Today we will showcase two films about anger. The first is about relationship anger; the second about revolutionary anger. I will leave it up to the discriminating viewer to decide which is worse.

Upside of Anger (2005)

Kevin Kostner and Joan Allen won't win an Academy but it's an OK love story. Does prove that Mr. Kostner should forget about the adventure/hero genre and concentrate on romantic comedy. Lots of drug use (mainly alcohol) with no clear message that maybe that's not a good idea although Joan's character does quit at one point.

Good date film especially for older couples (unless you're a reformed alcoholic).

The Interpreter (2005)

This is an intelligent thriller. Both Sean Penn (Tobin) and Nicole Kidman (Silvia) do well in their roles and the plot avoids cliches while twisting and turning. Most surprising: Tobin and Silvia don't have time for romance! First film to be allowed to use the UN as a location.

There are graphic scenes of corpses and injured but violence isn't over the top. Rated PG-13.

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