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Jason Wallis You too will be won over by Colin Firth’s craft in ‘The King’s Speech’

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Jason Wallis

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 8:44 am | Updated: 9:31 am, Fri Jan 21, 2011.

We continue to play catch-up with late-2010 Oscar-bait movies as, in the interest of my own sanity, I do my very best to steer clear of the new wide releases (I won’t endure Ashton Kutcher for anyone — least of all you). So next week look for a review of “Blue Valentine,” which, along with this week’s “The King’s Speech,” was one of the promising titles that I unfortunately missed before publishing my year-end top 10 list a couple weeks back. We’ll get ’em all knocked out sooner or later.

I must admit some trepidation when approaching films that rely on what could be perceived as “gimmick” performances — those “challenging” roles that Oscar voters love but, in actuality, offer very little to viewers looking for more than mere exaggerated caricatures (e.g. Tom Hanks in “Forrest Gump,” Sean Penn in “Milk,” et. al.).

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