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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

"I dont think you guys should break up."

The Kids Are All Right, is a film that may end up being looked back in history as a fairly important film. It looks all set to do well in the award season, with Oscar buzz being around it for most of the year now. It also gives us a film where the two parents happen to be lesbians, but the key point here is that, in fact, this is not the key part of the film. Our characters just happen to be lesbians. This is rather, a film about parental relationships being shaken up by the introduction of another man into their family, rather than a film about a lesbian couple. The Kids Are All Right is far from perfect, but it is a good, well rounded film, with a very good heart. It seems likely to take the Oscar Best Picture spot for the quirky, ‘independent film’ that has recently been given to the likes of Little Miss Sunshine, Juno and Precious. It is debatable if these films are better or worse than The Kids Are All Right, but I think it is safe to say that The Kids Are All Right will be remembered for a longer time. (more…)

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[Posted by: Eric Raymer]

Matt Reeves’ vampire coming-of-age film Let Me In hits theaters October 1st – which means it’ll come out just a little shy of two years after the original Swedish version (Let the Right One In). There’s been somewhat of a backlash from fans of the original since the remake was announced, and accusations of the new film being dumbed-down for a U.S. audience are flying left and right. Reeves has defended his work, saying that the original itself was a remake of a novel, and that his film is just a “variation on a theme.” The marketing for the new film has done a pretty good job of distinguishing it from the Swedish film, but at the end of the day, it’s the same story. It’s not uncommon for major studios to “Americanize” foreign films by remaking them with well-known actors and without subtitles. Sometimes a larger budget can bring a little more flash to source material that couldn’t quite pull it off. Other times… Well, it’s usually best to try and forget about those. Some of the worst remakes occur when a director tries to remake something (foreign or otherwise) that succeeded in the first place. Regardless of Let Me In‘s eventual fate, it’s probably not going to be as bad as the following cinematic catastrophes. (more…)