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Wow. I went to see "Eastern Promises" two weekends ago, and saw "In the Valley of Elah" yesterday. I was way more psyched for EP, but ItVoE just blew me away.

Eastern Promises will be much more appreciated if you go into it knowing absolutely nothing. Some of the press is a bit misleading, and I won't spoil it here. Viggo Mortenson does deserve all the rave reviews he's getting, but Vincent Cassell deserves some praise as well. He was brilliant. I think the reason I'm so impressed with Cronenberg's latest two is because I did not appreciate the older stuff at all. Bleh. The story was great here, and there were a couple jaw-dropping moments, but I really wish I had gone in blind.

In the Valley of Elah. New Paul Haggis flick. I don't even know where to start. Well, Tommy Lee Jones is so heartbreaking in this. I don't know that I've ever seen him in something where he wasn't a wisecracking good ol' boy type of character. There's one line, one tone of voice that has made Jones one of my new favorites. I always liked him, but now I have the utmost respect. Susan Sarandon does not have a huge part, but a very effective one nonetheless.

Critics are saying that this is much less "THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE! YOU SHOULD THINK THIS WAY TOO!" than "Crash" was. I think I agree, but if someone walks out of the theater getting a different message than I did, I think it would be safe to say that they didn't understand what they just watched. It's a bleak movie, but there are glimpses of hope through realization. Probably the best movie I've seen this year.