The good, the bad and the re­makes...

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The King’s Speech has won over ev­ery­one who has seen it. A quirky buddy movie with a pe­riod back­drop, it charts the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Prince Ber­tie, later King Ge­orge VI, and his speech ther­a­pist as he at­tempts to cure his de­bil­i­tat­ing stam­mer.

Colin Firth is the king, Ge­of­frey Rush is Aussie speech ther­a­pist Lionel Logue, He­lena Bon­ham Carter is Princess El­iz­a­beth (later the Queen) and Michael Gam­bon is King Ge­orge V.

First-class writ­ing and strong per­for­mances make this one a sure-fire win­ner. Firth is al­ready be­ing touted as an Os­car nom­i­nee as Best Ac­tor. If so it will be his sec­ond nod in as many years.

Last year, Firth lost out to Jeff Bridges, who car­ried off the shiny golden man for Crazy Heart. Bridges is a def­i­nite con­tender for an­other nom­i­na­tion in 2011 for his griz­zled law­man in the Coen Broth­ers’ re-work­ing of True Grit. Whereas John Wayne turned Charles Por­tis’s novel into a ve­hi­cle for his own trade­mark brand of Western mythol­ogy, the Coens have gone back to the source and crafted a Western that emerges as an in­stant clas­sic.

Bridges is Mar­shall Rooster Cog­burn, the iras­ci­ble, drunken sad­dle­tramp hired by Mat­tie Ross (new­comer Hailee Ste­in­feld) to track down the no-good ranch hand who killed her fa­ther.

Yet while Bridges is care­ful to put sev­eral thou­sand miles be­tween his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Rooster and The Duke’s, the Coens lit­ter the film with fa­mil­iar lines and sce­nar­ios which will de­light afi­ciona­dos of the tra­di­tional (read “Hollywood”) Western, circa 1969. And if Bridges wins two Os­cars in a row, he will have won for the same role that gar­nered Wayne his only Academy Award when he won for Rooster Cog­burn in 1970, aged 62. Bridges is 61. Kis­met beck­ons...

Chris­tian Bale shines as a washed-up boxer in the square ring mem­oir The Fighter. Based on the true story of small-town Amer­i­can pugilist “Ir­ish” Micky Ward and his older brother Dicky, David O Rus­sell’s drama is less about the fight game and more about the fa­mil­ial pres­sures that drive these two very dif­fer­ent men.

Dicky is the man who had a chance and blew it. Micky has his own chance – per­haps the only one he will ever have in life – and his fam­ily holds him back. Can he sur­mount it all? And will Dicky step up as only a brother can, or be for­ever lost in a tidal wave of drugs?

A su­perla­tive Bri­tish cast in­hab­its Never Let Me Go, adapted by Alex Gar­land from the novel by Kazuo Ishig­uro and di­rected by Mark Ro­manek. Carey Mul­li­gan, An­drew Garfield and Keira Knight­ley are the chil­dren bred as or­gan donors in a grim Dystopian Eng­land.

Ro­manek and Gar­land have the courage to fol­low the book’s grim tone and never

OUCH!: James Franco as Aron Ral­ston in the har­row­ing true story of a climber who freed him­self by cut­ting off his right arm.

WIN­NER: Jeff Bridges won an Os­car for and is a con­tender for a nom­i­na­tion for

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