My Week in Film: February 12 to February 18

Here is what I watched this week. 

Hell and Back Again (dir. Danfung Dennis, 2011)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk9cktPBzRE]

One of this year’s Academy Award nominated documentaries, Hell and Back Again follows Sgt. Nathan Harris, an American marine as he returns to civilian life after serving in Afghanistan. It’s an intimate portrait that is worth seeing, especially if you enjoyed Restrepo.

Sarah’s Key (dir. Gilles Paquet-Brenner, 2010)

A journalist discovers a secret that her husband’s family has kept about the Vel d’Hiv Roundup for more than 50 years. Unfortunately, Kristin Scott Thomas’ character, the journalist who uncovers the truth, is the least exciting part of this drama.

The Big Trail (dir. Raoul Walsh, 1930)

23-year-old John Wayne. That is all.

Take Shelter (dir. Jeff Nichols, 2011)

One of the best films from 2011. Michael Shannon’s performance was definitely overlooked.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (dir. William Joyce andBrandon Oldenburg, 2011)

One of this year’s Oscar nominated animated shorts. I insist that you watch it now.

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