Michael Berkowitz: Blue Jasmine: Kiss Me, Cate!

Riveting. Relentless. Ridiculous. Cate Blanchett seizes the screen from the first moments of Woody Allen's new movie Blue Jasmine and refuses to let go. It's her vehicle, so don't get in the way.

Instead of settling quietly within her character to probe its recesses, she blows it up, pushes hard against the seams and forces us to see every crack in the make-up and psyche. But instead of familiarity breeding contempt, we want more. When she's not on, we wonder where she is, what she's not thinking and how can she possibly further offend our sensibilities. Read More...



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