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Another Year: Review

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on January 31, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Another Year

Released December 29, 2010 (Limited Release)

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville

Director: Mike Leigh

Rated PG-13

129 Minutes


Another Year, Another Terrible Film

Posted Jan 31, 2011 

A series of irrelevant, unrelated conversations with no glue to bind them together, Another Year chronicles the depressing, dull tale of an old married couple who struggle to maintain their happiness as the world around them swirls with depression. Writer and director Mike Leigh has crafted a well-observed but pointless character study whose words cohere better in a thesis paper than a true film with elements of emotion, plot and storytelling. Worse, Leigh's analysis never conveys the most important component of the plot: how the depressed condition of surrounding friends ultimately impacts the happiness of the main characters. Not even Lesley Manville's great supporting performance can save this directionless trash from wandering into No Man's Land. 0.5 out of 4 Stars


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Reply Jein Park
9:22 PM on January 31, 2011 
typo alert
Reply The Cellist
10:58 PM on January 31, 2011 
Didn't see the typo. What typo?
Reply Kenneth Shinozuka
12:50 AM on February 1, 2011 
Typo was fixed, Jein.