new film reviews: the international, coraline, vicky cristina barcelona

Three reviews this week. First up is The International. The consensus at Rotten Tomatoes the film "boasts some electric action sequences and picturesque locales, but is undone by its preposterous plot." But it's worth keeping in mind that the film is a piece of entertainment, not a work of investigative journalism, and the film's villainous bank does have a real-life parallel. Exaggerated? Sure. Preposterous? That's a little much.

The International: Bank On It

Also, Coraline. The animation is gorgeous and the style eventually creates an identity separate from that of The Nightmare Before Christmas. But, unfortunately, the film doesn't live up to the classic.

Coraline: Visually Sumptious, but Cora-lite on Story.

Finally, Penelope Cruz got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Not really justified, in my view, but that's the wisdom of the Academy for you. Find a review of Vicky Cristina Barcelona at inkandashes.net.

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