Torino, Valkyrie, Nixon & Me (Weekly Links)

Here are links to my Herald reviews of the Christmas crop. A typical year-end group: prestige pictures that require the seasonal shine, movies with downbeat endings (Hitler lives, the dog dies), multiplex fodder needing the overflow business (that would be a superhero movie starring…Gabriel Macht?), and a relaxed Clint Eastwood entertainment that turns out to be the best of the lot.

grantorinoGran Torino.

Valkyrie.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Frost/Nixon.

The Reader.

The Spirit.

Marley & Me.

Doubt.

Movie Diary 12/18/2008

The Spirit (Frank Miller, 2008). In this case not only the flesh is weak. (full review 12/25)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher, 2008). Like Hitchcock, Fincher seems attracted to the idea of making a film because of a technical challenge: a story set entirely within a house, or a procedural whodunit that never unmasks the guilty party. This is one of those, and technically, it dazzles.  I wonder what it’s about. (full review 12/25)