THE MESSENGER (***1/2) - Starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone and Steve Buscemi. Directed by Oren Moverman.
It's rough at times, but it features the best performances to date by Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma) and Woody Harrelson (nominated for Best Supporting Actor). They're two soldiers in charge of personally informing the next of kin when their loved one in action dies while serving his country.
THE ROAD (***) - Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron and Robert Duvall. Directed by John Hillcoat.
The bleakness of Cormac McCarthy's novel gets no chirpier here. A father and son walk across a post-apocalyptic world where the sky's always dark, where all the animals are dead, and where the few survivng humans are tending to turn to cannibalism. Mortensen and Smit-McPhee have nice chemistry as father and son, and it feels more realistic than most movies witht his theme. Depressingly realisitic.