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Review: Win Win (2011)

DIRECTOR: Thomas McCarthy.

CAST: Paul Giamatti, Alex Shaffer, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young, Melanie Lynskey, Nina Arianda, David Thompson, Clare Foley.

SYNOPSIS: Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) supports his young, New Jersey family and wife Jackie (Ryan) by working as a lawyer and school wrestling coach. With his law firm seeing little commission and a tempting financial offer on the horizon, Mike finds himself at the heart of dementia-stricken client Leo Poplar’s (Young) domestic affairs, with troubled teenage grandson Kyle (Shaffer) having just arrived on Leo’s doorstep. Mike takes Kyle under his wing, strengthening his self-image once again through wrestling, until his drug-addicted mother (Lynskey) arrives on the scene, disturbing the peace.

Giamatti’s Mike may be described as a “pillar of the community”, but don’t let this dupe you into thinking he plays the simple, downtrodden everyman here. Continue reading

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What I’m Watching – June

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Dir: Michael Bay, 2011) **

Green Lantern (Dir: Martin Campbell, 2011) **

The Hangover Part II (Dir: Todd Phillips, 2011) ***

Chapter 27 (Dir: J.P. Schaefer, 2007) ****

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Dir: Andrew Dominik, 2007) *****

The Fountain (Dir: Darren Aronofsky, 2006) *****

Get Him to the Greek (Dir: Nicholas Stoller, 2010) ***

X-Men: First Class (Dir: Matthew Vaughn, 2011) ***

Le Village des Ombres (Dir: Fouad Benhammou, 2010) *

The Way (Dir: Emilio Estevez, 2010) ****

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Dir: Gavin Hood, 2009) ***

The Incredible Hulk (Dir: Louis Leterrier, 2008) ****

Hulk (Dir: Ang Lee, 2003) **

Win Win (Dir: Thomas McCarthy, 2011) ***

How to Train Your Dragon (Dir: Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, 2010) ****