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Two films you must see, if you see nothing else this year
Two films you must see, if you see nothing else this year
Two films you must see, if you see nothing else this year by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Stardust
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Starring Charlie Cox, Claire Danes,
Michelle Pfeiffer, Melanie Hill,
Kate Magowan, Sienna Miller,
Nathaniel Parker
Now playing


3:10 To Yuma
Directed by James Mangold
Starring Russell Crowe,
Christian Bale, Logan Lerman,
Dallas Roberts, Alan Tudyk,
Vinessa Shaw, Gretchen Moll
Opens September 7th


Stardust is an absolutely fabulous film, full of magic happenings, gorgeous special effects and a delightful, fairytale story. You may have read differently, but ignore that, and believe this reviewer (who saw it over the Labor Day weekend), that it's one of the best films you might see this year. And it's not only hella exciting, but it has some funny moments too.

It's the ultimate 'happily ever after' story, with a young lad, (Charlie Cox), who not only has a past that he's never been told, but who makes an outrageous promise to the woman he longs to marry (Sienna Miller). Unbeknownst to him, his wish and the wishes of not only three princes, but a group of aged witches all are about to come together in a tale of wonder and heroic proportions.. All of them seek a fallen star (Claire Danes), only the lad doesn't know that when he leaves his village of Wall for the more ethereal kingdom of Stormhold, to try and find the star. He believes if he can bring back a piece of what he imagines will be a chunk of rock to his beloved, he'll have her heart.

Ah, but the star, in the form of a rather cranky, but beautiful young woman (Danes) is not as willing as the boy would hope, nor is she about to enrich the lives of the princes-who seek her for their own reasons, or of the witch (Pfeiffer), seeking her also. Thus begins this tale of adventure, which brings the young star and the lad into contact with all kinds of mayhem and strange characters, including a cross-dressing ship's captain (Robert DeNiro), who has a crew that collects lightning to sell. They also discover the boy's true destiny in a turn of events you simply have to see to believe. Based on a story by superlative gothic writer Neil Gaiman, Stardust will delight kids of all ages, and leave you with a good feeling inside.

On a more down to earth note, and if you like Westerns (even though Hollywood hasn't made many good Westerns of late), you have to see Russell Crowe and Christian Bale square off in the remake of the classic, 3:10 To Yuma. It's an exciting potboiler of a film that pits a poor farmer (Bale), against the combined prowess of a ruthless outlaw (Crowe), and his gang, who are determined that their leader is not going to get on the title train to prison.

Against a stunning desert backdrop, a race between the outlaws and the posse composed of the farmer, a determined couple of railroad enforcement officers and some locals begin. Shootouts, the desert itself and a vicious tribe of Apaches threaten to keep the farmer from collecting the reward he hopes to get by making good on his promise to get this notorious outlaw on the 3:10 train. But in the end, even the outlaw, seeing a side of the farmer he comes to admire and particularly seeing the man's son strive so hard to redeem the failing reputation of his once civil war hero father, comes to aid the mission. A stunning and riveting drama full of earthy portrayals by two of Hollywood's best leading men, 3:10 To Yuma sizzles and cracks with the force of a whip lash. Not bad for an industry that seems to have forgotten that the basics are still worth making.

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