Lite’s Reivew Room – Weekend Movies – “Iron Lady” “Contraband” & More

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US actress Meryl Streep poses on the blu

The weekend is fast approaching and new movies are flying in from the studios and hitting theaters big this weekend.  Everything from a classic redone in 3D to Meryl Streep as historical female English figure (Oscar) Margaret Thatcher to Mark Wahlberg trying to save his family in an action packed film.

Our Queen of the Silver Screen, Julie Fisk, is part of the DFW Film Critics Association and she saw a couple of the movies coming out this week.  We’ll let her take it from here:

Iron Lady

We have two historical films in theaters this weekend, starting with “Iron Lady” starring Meryl Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

This movie finds Margaret Thatcher later in life, vacillating between lucidity and dementia. Important moments in her life are seen as flash-backs, which end when she comes crashing back to reality. There are so many interesting aspects to Margaret Thatcher’s life, so why did director Phyllida Lloyd decide to focus on her dementia? She takes this incredibly important political figure and diminishes her to a doddering old woman which frankly is insulting. Plus it makes for a boring movie. Not to say that “Iron Lady” isn’t pretty and OF COURSE Meryl Streep is wonderful. Her performance deserves a much better film though and it’s the only reason I’m giving “Iron Lady” a C+.

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