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Jason Wallis Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams are compelling duo of 2010

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Jason Wallis

Posted: Friday, January 28, 2011 4:52 am | Updated: 9:49 am, Thu Feb 3, 2011.

Well, I guess it was bound to happen. Although I submitted my year-end top 10 list several weeks ago, it shall have to be amended to include one of 2010’s truly brilliant works: “Blue Valentine,” a powerful deconstruction of a failed marriage that serves as a showcase for not only Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, its bright and talented young stars, but also for Derek Cianfrance, a new director making his feature debut. (It would have come in at No. 5, for those keeping track).

If you’re looking for “entertainment,” walk on by. But if it’s catharsis you seek — if you love movies of such power and potency that they seem to tap directly into your psyche and invade your soul, in often unpleasant ways —then you owe it to yourself to seek it out, no matter how painful the experience may be. And trust me, this one’s a doozy.

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