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This week's reviewed movie is:
Melinda and Melinda




Gene the Barber

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Woody Allen's films always give you a look and feel that have become his trademark.

As this film opens, two playwrights--one prefers drama, the other likes comedy--are debating about how the story should be told.

Melinda and Melinda is two 45-minute movies in one, told two ways.

I found the film satisfying and enjoyed Allen's way of weaving adult relationships together in a deeply puzzling way.

With a limited distribution, Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda tells the dual story of comedy and tragedy.

But the comedy quickly turns tragic and the tragedy is sometimes funny.

It's Allen at his optimistic/pessimistic best, channeling himself through Will Farrell with mixed results.

The bright spot is Australian actress Radha Mitchell playing the title roles.

It's far better than recent efforts, but Mr. Allen' seems to be stuck in the 90s doing the same old schtick.

This romantic comedy/drama is about the woman, Melinda, whose sad & humorous tales take place in Manhattan.

She is surrounded by two separate sets of characters and cast members.

Once the clumsy setups for the stories are out of the way, the movie builds up a very good head of steam.

The director/writer then uses his craft and ability to spin out a romantic plot of adultery and heartbreak. Then in alternating scenes he creates two versions of the same story--one comic, the other tragic.

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