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Viola Davis earned the Oscar she won for her turn in this adaptation of an August Wilson play, but co-star Denzel Washington deserved one, too, said TheRinger.com. As a father in 1950s Pittsburgh who thinks life owes him more than he’s gotten, he delivers a performance that’s big, loud, and “in its finest moments, dangerous.”
It’s hard to find words that do justice to Isabelle Huppert’s performance in this “brilliantly booby-trapped” whodunit, said the Los Angeles Times. Playing a ruthless CEO engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with the man who raped her, the Oscar nominee is the perfect star to carry Paul Verhoeven’s “indecently entertaining” thriller.
The Before Trilogy
Finally available in a single set, 1995’s Before Sunrise and its two sequels offer a beautiful but “brutally honest” look at a couple falling, and staying, in love, said the Bergen County, N.J., Record. Guided by director Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke “nail every nuance of a relationship rife with complications.” ■