Friday, September 6, 2013

Movie Reviews: "Austenland" and "Blue Jasmine"

Rated PG-13

Jane (Keri Russell) is a die-hard Jane Austen fan who spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland, an English resort where guests live out their Jane Austen-related fantasies.  The guests dress in period clothing and participate in activities appropriate to the time while searching for romantic love.  Will Jane become disillusioned and return to the real world or find her own Mr. Darcy?

Blue Jasmine
Rated PG-13

Cate Blanchett gives a brilliant performance as Jasmine, a New York socialite who moves in with her sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins) after her privileged life collapses.  Told in real time and in a series of flashbacks, the movie showcases Jasmine's mental health descent.  Is she an unwitting victim or responsible for her own fall from grace?

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