Tuesday, April 24, 2007

One Sentence Movie Reviews: Babel, Stray Dog, United 93, 12 Angry Men

Babel (2006, R)
8/10
I cared deeply about what would happen to several of the characters in this film's interwoven stories about the tragedy of failed communication.

United 93 (2006, R)
8/10
Understated yet wrenching as it builds towards inevitable tragedy.

Stray Dog (1949, NR)
8/10
While this police procedural directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura drags ever so slightly in parts, it's both a generally gripping story and a thoughtful exploration of themes such as guilt, choices, and personal and social responsibility.

12 Angry Men (1957, NR)
8/10
It's just twelve men talking in one room for an hour and a half, and I didn't take my eyes off the screen once.

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