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"Michael Collins"

by Leslie Rigoulot

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"Michael Collins" is the Irish epic that takes the very complicated history of the establishment of the IRA and makes it understandable. Liam Neeson as Collins gives an Oscar-caliber performance as well this Belfast-born man might. It's 1916 and the off-and-on battle for Irish independence has taken a shellacking at the Easter Day Uprising. Alan Rickman and Aidan Quinn are shoulder to shoulder with Neeson as the battle concludes. The cinematography of Chris Menges captures the essence of determination and despair. Even Julia Roberts doesn't spoil the mood, which is a credit to director/writer Neil Jordan. If you are an Oscar watcher, you'll want to see this on the big screen. Rated R.

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