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Friday
Oct072011

50/50 review - the lighter side of cancer

Jonathan Levine's 50/50 opens with Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) jogging breathlessly along a riverbank. He doesn't know it yet, but he has a cancerous tumour growing along his spine and he might die. This is strange, because he seems perfectly healthy – in addition to exercising regularly, he abstains from drinking and holds down a good job. He has his own place and a hot girlfriend, to boot. In fact, he seems to have the kind of life that we all think we’re supposed to have, and then in an instant his world is turned upside down. His doctor informs him in perhaps the most obnoxious way possible of his condition, and what follows is a journey through life, love, friendship, and marijuana. This is one of those films that instantly springs to mind when you think of the word "heartfelt."

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Friday
Dec252009

UP IN THE AIR, thank you for working

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Ryan Bingham spends his time flying around the country firing people. His mornings start with a trip through airport security and the cheap sushi at the terminal is a warm reminder of home to him. That is, until he's grounded. From Jason Reitman, director of Thank You For Smoking and Juno, Up in the Air is a fascinating view on the suitcase lifestyle of a man who ruins the lives of others, and likes it. Reitman has a knack for directing stories about men with despicable jobs, and this is his best work yet.

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