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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v9n4 (01/28/2010) » Section: Film Reviews

Edge of Darkness

While promoting this, his first film as an actor in seven years, Mel Gibson told a reporter that he no longer employs bodyguards to protect himself, his girlfriend, and their infant daughter. Instead, he has a gun and if need be will provide for his own defense.

Crazy Heart

By far the greatest portion of praise and buzz that Scott Cooper’s Crazy Heart has been eliciting has focused on Jeff Bridge’s starring performance. There’s a reason for this, in addition to Bridges’ skillfully controlled acting: There isn’t a lot else going on in this film. Bridges has to carry most of the movie on his back, and Cooper was lucky to get him. (There were reports he initially was reluctant to accept the part.)

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