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A Week In Film #526: Jingley bells

Unforgiven title screenUnforgiven
Clint Eastwood’s last western as a director, his first since 1985’s Pale Rider, and one of only four. As ever, pretty downbeat, no happy ending, and a whole lotta messed up people.

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House
Liam Neeson as the top Fed who became Bob Woodward’s Deep Throat and helped take down Nixon. Rather pedestrian biopic from Peter Lansesmann.

Syriana title screenSyriana
Clooney as a Bob Baer-like CIA officer is the highlight of this Traffic-like compendium of interrelated stories around western interference in the Middle East, directed very effectively by Stephen Gaghan.

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
The Coen Bros western anthology; unfortunately I fell asleep somewhere between very early on and mid-way, so I haven’t a scooby.

Elf
Better-than-I-expected Christmas fare from Jon Favreau, with Will Ferrell as a human brought up as an elf, and now in search of his real family. With James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen and Peter Dinklage.