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An Ordinary Execution [une Execution Ordinaire] Review


Excellent
With a thoughtful and introspective tone, this film continually surprises us as its story unfurls and a young doctor's life takes a strange and portentous turn, colliding with one of history's most notorious figures.

In 1952 Stalin (Dussollier) "purges" the Kremlin of what he thinks are evil Jewish doctors. But he continues to get ill, so he has Dr Anna Atlina (Hands) brought to treat him. She's shocked at meeting the infamous premier, especially as he's heard she has a magnetic power in her hands. She helps alleviate his pain, and as she leaves he threatens her with execution if she ever tells anyone. Her entire life changes bewilderingly as a result, and she never knows when Stalin will summon her next.

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Alias Betty Review


Excellent
You're a famous novelist and your son dies tragically. What does your chemically iffy mother do? She kidnaps a lookalike baby and gives him to you.

Such is the premise of Alias Betty, a curiously titled film that digs far deeper into questions about the appropriateness of parents and the definition of insanity -- all while deftly avoiding a drop into movie of the week territory.

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God Is Great, And I'm Not Review


Good
Audrey Tautou doesn't do much to clean up the image that models don't have the capacity for original thought. God Is Great, and I'm Not's simplistic conceit is that Tautou's Michèle is a model who changes her religion as often as she changes her hair (and believe me, that's an awful lot in this film... seeing Tautou with an ill-advised permanent wave is worth the rental alone).

Anyone who personally knows a frequent religion-jumper will be all too familiar with Michèle's specious quest, much more a reaction to her failed love life than a real search for spirituality. The Amelie star does manage to capture the wide-eyed innocence/ignorance of her ilk (both models and the clueless), but ultimately the movie is just one big joke that never goes anywhere. There aren't too many thrills to be found in Tautou reading a different religious-themed self-help book ever day during her photo shoots. In fact, it's more fun just to ogle her ridiculous outfits (the highlight being a bubble wrap headdress).

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An Ordinary Execution [une Execution Ordinaire] Movie Review

An Ordinary Execution [une Execution Ordinaire] Movie Review

With a thoughtful and introspective tone, this film continually surprises us as its story unfurls...

God Is Great, and I'm Not Movie Review

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Audrey Tautou doesn't do much to clean up the image that models don't have the...

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