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Picks of the Week
Jess' Pick: Monster - Charlize won an Oscar for her role as serial killer Aileen Wuornos. She uglied herself up, wore false teeth, took on a masculine posture and mostly used a southern accent. Other than barely being able to talk around her teeth, she did a good job - unrecognizable as a gorgeous former model-turned actress. But I HATED this movie. As a biopic, this is fairly well crafted in that it looks at just a few of the major events in her life that led to her life of crime. That's about all I can say that is positive about the film. Christina Ricci as Aileen's girlfriend is horribly annoying. The violence is particularly overdone - frequent violent and particularly graphic rapes, beatings, and then Aileen's murder streak and her total lack of humanity about it all. I don't think this person deserved a second of our time on film, and I recommend anyone who hasn't seen this avoid it at all costs.
Rachel's Pick: In the Valley of Elah - In one of the saddest "coming home" stories, Theron, a local detective, partners with Tommy Lee Jones, a former military police officer, to determine how his son was murdered after he returned home from war. The two have amazing chemistry as both persons of the law and parents. Charlize downplays her beauty, without overdoing the makeup or butch attitude, like in Monster, and gives a wonderfully subtle performance of a struggling female detective and single mother trying to solve a murder mystery with loads of opposition in her way. It's probably the best film on her resume.