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Now-a-Dollar March 2

by Scott Renshaw
Posted // 2012-03-01 -

The post-Oscars weekend brings one of the Best Picture nominees to discount theaters -- the one that most movie nerds were infuriated was there.

Director Stephen Daldry and screenwriter Eric Roth adapted Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, about a young boy (Thomas Horn) attempting to find the significance of a key among the possessions of his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The story has plenty of the things that typically result in over-the-top melodrama -- a precocious child, a mute character (Oscar nominee Max von Sydow), plenty of grieving -- and certainly occasionally drifts into that territory. But the quirks in Horn's performance and the character itself work as a mitigating factor against some of the schmaltz.

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