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Film Review: “Short Takes: The Oscar Nominees”

In this edition of Short Takes, Regina takes on the Oscar contenders, such as Frost/Nixon, Revolutionary Road and Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Frost/Nixon (Universal). Ron Howard’s very good take on the famous post-Watergate TV interviews between the former President and the popular talk-show host. I didn’t think I was going to like it, but once I started watching I was caught up in it all. Frank Langella’s fine performance (like Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler) won’t overtake Sean Penn’s in Milk, though. It’s Sean’s year. Revolutionary Road (DreamWorks/ Paramount Vantage). Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunite 11 years after Titanic for this character study set in 1950s suburbia. Leo and Kate are fine, but you’ll remember Michael Shannon’s fierce performance (a pleasant surprise in the Supporting Actor race). Unfortunately for Michael, somebody named Heath Ledger is in his category. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (The Weinstein Company). Even though he doesn’t run Miramax anymore, Harvey Weinstein’s still got a far reach. He’s been able to snag acting nominations for Kate Winslet in The Reader and Penelope Cruz for this movie. She’s the standout in Woody Allen’s latest, even though she doesn’t appear until the last part of the movie. The movie’s OK; Penelope’s on fire!