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Bernie - 22/4/2013 2:42:25 AM   
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Best Linklater in years - 22/4/2013 2:42:25 AM   
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Saw this a few months ago as a friend managed to get the US blu-ray release - at the time I was shocked and angered that a film by an excellent director such as Linklater had not had UK distribution. This is hilarious, and genuinely a very clever film, as well as being a career-best performance from Jack Black - even better than his roles in Nacho Libre, High Fidelity, Be Kind Rewind, Linklater's previous film School of Rock, and even his cameo in Anchorman. It seems, the part was made for Black - except this character was a real, living human being. McConaughey again proves his excellent range as the hard-nose DA, and gives me further faith in his brilliance - the brilliance he has bottled up through years of type-casting and douchey characters has been thrown out of the window and now he seems to be the best male lead a film - he's certainly on the rise. Shirley McLaine is great too, playing a shrewd, cold witch of a woman to perfection. Linklater reminds us of his incredible talents, but I would argue he has never let us down with any single one of his projects - he must go down as one of his generations greatest American directors.

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Excellent movie. - 22/4/2013 5:39:36 PM   
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Again, I saw this last year and it made my Top 10 of the year. Fantastic performances and a wonderfully sharp, twisted and yet sensitive sense of humour. Highly recommended.

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