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In Bruges
This was my second time watching it, and I loved it even more.  Superb acting by Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes.  Clémence Poésy is a delight to see onscreen, and Jordan Prentice has some pretty entertaining scenes.  A brilliant story where almost everything happens for a reason, even as small a thing as a character not being able to pay for a ticket with change because he was only ten cents short.  The directing was great, and the cinematography really showed In Bruges as a fairytale place.  The bit of blood and gore we see is graphic enough to be disturbing yet not too over the top to be unrealistic (a bit of a warning, of course, for those who get easily queasy, before you watch this movie, please be aware of what you’re getting yourself into).  Blood, guns, drugs, and alcohol, those things that we just love to see in movies, are all in this one, but make no mistake, this black comedy, as they call it, is at its heart very moving, character-driven, and metaphorical.  9/10.

Nine
Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, and especially Marion Cortillard were astounding.  Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, and Kate Hudson were also great.  The sets, the costumes, the singing, they were all amazing.  Unfortunately, the movie suffers due to its bad directing and how badly put together its story was.  The overarching story, especially between DDL, Cruz, and Cortillard, was great, and I couldn’t have asked for more in that respect, but I felt like Kidman and Hudson were ultimately misused.  Fergie delivered as far as her singing goes, but her acting wasn’t on-par with the rest of the cast, and the inclusion of Sophia Loren just seemed odd to me.  Only several of the songs throughout the movie were truly moving or even memorable.  The acting was as good as I had hoped it would be, but despite that, the movie as a whole was disappointing and underwhelming.  7/10.

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