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Charlize Theron: A Viewer's Guide
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ESSENTIAL VIEWING: North Country (2005)

Kiwi director Niki Caro coaxed Oscar-nominated performances from Theron and Frances McDormand in this slice of Midwestern social realism. Theron ultimately missed out to Reese Witherspoon and Walk The Line (McDormand also drew a blank), but she’s the best thing in a heavy-handed drama that teeters perilously close to silliness at times. Like Karen Silkwood or Erin Brockovich shoved down a Minnesota iron-mine, she takes a metaphorical pickaxe to the grim sexism of late ‘80s America. She, and on-screen best pal McDormand, keep things just the right side of hammy as the uplifting dramatic beats play out with all the subtlety of a dinner gong. Extra kudos for avoiding the black lung.

 

 

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1 RE: Devils Advocate!!!
I enjoyed Hancock but Devil's Advocate ended two scenes too late and suffered from a typical Pacino hambush. More

Posted by Lazarus munkey on Thursday June 21, 2012, 04:23

2 Devils Advocate!!!
Come on, No mention for Devils Advocate?! She is amazing, the real heartbeat of this film, am i on my own? More

Posted by pecman2000 on Thursday June 7, 2012, 16:21

3 Two worthy mentions
Two Days in The Valley - Psycho Blonde Barbie kicks Lois Lane's (Terri hatcher) a$$, and wears (briefly) some of the sexiest negligee ever. The Devils Advocate - don't let the devil into your head ! Sexy southern chick disintergrates into possessed mad crazy thing. This got my entire house screaming "NOT THE MIRROR!!!! NOOOOOOO! " More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Wednesday June 6, 2012, 20:28

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She's always good in everything she does...mostly because she selects her scripts well and stays away from RomComs...but Hancock??? That sucked balls More

Posted by ronniem on Wednesday June 6, 2012, 10:19

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Wait, wait, wait.... You recommend Hancock? :O More

Posted by Agent69 on Tuesday June 5, 2012, 12:35

6 Recognition for our Charlize
Thanks for this, Charlize doesn't get enough credit for what a great actress she is. And thanks for writing Benoni-born as if everyone knows where it is. :) More

Posted by Enzino on Monday June 4, 2012, 10:57

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"There's a whole world of people killing and rapping, but I'm the only one killing them." THAT'S a film I want to see. More

Posted by Jethed on Friday June 1, 2012, 20:07

8 Missing?
You can't have a CT retrospective without mentioning the classic that is Mighty Joe Young. Poor form Empire More

Posted by dapieman on Friday June 1, 2012, 13:57

9 One to avoid
Aeon Flux? One to avoid? Figure-hugging cat suit? Are you kidding? Who cares if it makes no sense. Figure-hugging cat suit. More

Posted by trouserpress on Friday June 1, 2012, 13:25

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