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Pasatiempo - - Moving Images -

It’s not easy be­ing king, and in­fin­itely tougher if you can’t get a sen­tence out with­out an ag­o­niz­ing stam­mer. This ter­rific movie stems from the true cir­cum­stance of the speech im­ped­i­ment suf­fered by Eng­land’s King Ge­orge VI, fa­ther of the cur­rent queen. It’s a story of courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion told with wit and feel­ing. There are su­perb per­for­mances by a great cast headed by Colin Firth as the af­flicted monarch, Ge­of­frey Rush as his speech ther­a­pist, and He­lena Bon­ham Carter as the king’s de­voted wife, El­iz­a­beth. The rat­ing gods have sad­dled it with an R for self-con­scious ther­a­peu­tic use of a few four-let­ter words. Opens Satur­day, Dec. 25. Rated R. 110 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Jonathan Richards)

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