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Doug Wright & the Movies- "Becoming Jane" & "Stardust"

Doug Wright & the Movies- "Becoming Jane" & "Stardust"

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Doug Wright Reporting

I had the opportunity to see "Becoming Jane" while in London last March and have been anxious to see it open here.

Anne Hathaway is quite good as the legendary writer, Jane Austin, whose ground breaking novels are still fodder for Hollywood movies, book groups and average readers around the world.

The film takes us into the life of Austen herself giving us previews of plot lines we are now familiar with from her books. We are taken into her family, her motivations and her ill-fated love of Tom Lefroy-played by James McAvoy as her burning desire to write unfolds in an atmosphere completely hostile to women.

Austen's parents are wonderfully played by James Cromwell and Julie Walters, Joe Anderson stars as her beloved brother, Henry and for the famed character actor Ian Richardson, who passed away earlier this year, "Becoming Jane" was his last film.

Of course there are liberties taken, but overall, this is a sensitive view of Austen's pre fame life and the dawning of her success when her books were published without her name and only noted that they were written, "By a Lady."

I like this film, 3 stars for Becoming Jane and it's rated PG. Also out this week, "Stardust."

But, how was the first half .considering the star power and the hype, not that great. Charlie Cox stars as Tristan who, in order to impress his true love and win her hand promises to retrieve the remnants of a fallen star.

Easier said than done, it requires that he go into a forbidden, magical world that boarders his village where he discovers that the fallen star is a beautiful young woman played by Claire Daines.

Well, it seems he's not the only person in pursuit of the star, Michelle Pfeiffer, representing a gaggle of witches can renew their youth if she can retrieve the fallen star.

Ah, and this is only the beginning of the intrigue ..but you'll have to stay tuned for the rest, because this is where it ended for me, but we will have the "rest of the story" coming up on today's Movie Show 10-noon on KSL News Radio .plus a look at Rush Hour 3 and more.

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