kenneth-loach,The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Looking for Eric [DVD] [2009] [Region 1], Tickets/Medea
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4 stars out of 5 -- "Loach turns history into grand drama with economy, soul and an impassioned cast, particularly the charismatic Cillian Murphy."Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[P]rovocative, powerful filmmaking up there with his best."Ultimate DVD "[I]n watching THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE is possible to appreciate both Mr. Loach's passion and his sense of nuance."New York Times "Loach gives good righteous nobility. He paints the film in dark, rain-on-the-emerald-moor colors, and he provides fascinating details of how the Irish guerilla struggle developed." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly "Ken Loach ably captures the battle against British tyranny with an intimate tale..." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Loach's intimate, natural style always makes us feel as if we're spying on something..."USA Today "[The filmmakers] are unsparing in their portrait of the Black and Tans, and the ruthless violence that the Republicans visit on Britain's forces."Wall Street Journal46.2587

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"Very funny and a bit sentimental, it's naturalistic comedy of the highest order, with Evets and Henshaw standouts among a terrific cast."Hollywood Reporter 4 stars out of 5 -- "Echoing earlier Loach films like RIFF-RAFF and RAINING STONES, LOOKING relegates politics to the subs' bench, letting humour and humanity lead the frontline."Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Loach has] made one of his most entertaining, uplifting films....Evets' nervy energy is brilliant."Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "Veteran British director Ken Loach fields one of his most accessible and lightly-toned offerings to date with this comedy about a football fanatic trying to sort out his life."Box Office "[T]here is plenty of grit and working-class stoicism, and also the hovering threat of violence and repressive state power."New York Times "Quick wit is one quality that makes the film special; another is a tenderness that grows out of the postman's grief..."Wall Street Journal46.2587

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