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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wake Up, Maggie

I got something to say to you / it's late September and you really shouldn't / be a hack in school.  "And that's what really hurts."  Well, that's the message of many reviews of the anti-teachers union movie Won't Back Down, starring usually swell Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, opening tomorrow.  Here's the new NYT pan. The film "ultimately has no use for nuance, and its third act is a mighty cataract of speechifying and breathless plot turns that strip the narrative down to its Manichaean core. Once teachers give up job security and guaranteed benefits, learning disabilities will be cured, pencils will stop breaking and the gray skies of Pittsburgh will glow with sunshine. Who could be against that?" 

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