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Blue Jasmine Dir. by Woody Allen

Many critics have rightly called Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, which is playing at Cinemark Valley View and at the Cedar Lee Theatre, his best movie in years. And they’re right. Rather than give everyone equal face time, Allen focuses primarily on Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), a self-involved socialite who’s been in a tailspin ever since her wealthy, philandering husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) went to jail on charges of fraud and left her penniless. Neurotic and nervous, Jasmine is quite a character and Allen exploits the fact that she inspires both sympathy and revulsion. He adroitly mixes comedy and tragedy by centering the film on such an anti-hero. She experiences the kind of quick decline that can happen to anyone, and that’s this film’s biggest strength. She experiences the kind of sudden financial turnaround that we all fear. (Niesel)

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