THE MONUMENTS MEN – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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I wouldn’t have thunk it, but director George Clooney, who oozes snark as automatically as he breathes, has made an uncynical movie. Oh, it is as jaunty as the beret that Jean Dujardin’s French art teacher turned art hunter favors, but in a sincere, old-fashioned kind of way. This could almost be a movie rediscovered from the 1940s, and that’s no bad thing. It recaptures the urgent spirit of the time, the sense that everyone’s effort was needed to push back against Hitler’s total war. This isn’t a war movie, though, not like we’re used to: it’s a detective story, a “treasure hunt,” as Hugh Bonneville’s sole Brit on the team writes in a letter home, except “our prizes are Rembrandts and Rubens.” Read more>>

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).