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The King’s Speech, a period piece set in the 1930s, portrays the story of Prince Albert (Bertie), the man who would never be King, and his relationship with Lionel Logue, a speech therapist, which would later become a lifelong friendship. Bertie’s older brother, David, is first in line for the British throne, and thank goodness, because Bertie suffers from a terrible stammer unsuitable for a public life that now involves not just looking good, but also sounding good. The latter thanks to the new-fangled invention called the “wireless.”

If ever a movie could put the idea of freedom, and what people will do to get it, into perspective, it is The Way Back. Inspired by the 1956 book, The Long Walk, a true story by Slavomir Rawicz, the film is the latest from Australian director Peter Weir.

The Green HornetDirector Michael Gondry’s The Green Hornet is a prime example of what happens when a director has a lot of money with which to work but minimal substance on which to stand. While it’s evident that effort was involved in making the film, particularly as it pertains to the action scenes, it is an overall disappointment.

True GritThe 2010 remake of the John Wayne classic True Grit is now the highest-grossing Coen Brothers film to date, and for good reason. The surprising hit, comprised of a number of talented performances, stays true to the original story, so full of wit and adventure. As a result, True Grit ended 2010 by topping the box office charts at number one, surpassing even Little Fockers.

The FighterThe Fighter is based on the true story of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg). It tells the tale of Ward’s relationship with his half-brother Dickie Eklund (Christian Bale), and how the brothers helped to put their city of Lowell, Massachusetts, on the map, though not always in the best way. The movie is exciting and gripping, but explicit language, heavy drug use, and violence orient the film to a specific type of audience.

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