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Film Fans: 'Julie & Julia' a delightful treat

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3 stars out of 4

This is a well-done, solid film and a recipe for a pleasant movie night. The two leads, Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams as Julie Powell, the blogger ambitiously cooking through all 524 items in Julia Child's French cooking book, were especially strong in their roles. I enjoyed their supportive marriages and the relationship scenes. The movie also had humor throughout, regarding Julie's cooking attempts and otherwise. I felt there was a good balance and rhythm as the film went back and forth between the two different lives and places and times. I also liked the message of pursuing your dreams.

- Cindy Evans, Duluth

3 1/2 stars out of 4

Director Nora Ephron orchestrates a wonderful movie based on the lives of two women - Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and Julie Powell (Amy Adams). From the beginning you see how both women begin to introduce themselves to food and manage to base a small aspect of their lives on the joy of cooking and creating meals. This movie was funny and full of the expectation of doing something in your life that invigorates your soul. I left the theater ready to "Master the Art of Cooking." I wonder, can food have an impact on our lives? Julie and Julia seem to think so.

- LaToya Rogers, Lawrenceville

2 1/2 stars out of 4

"Julie & Julia" is a film that jumps back and forth between time spans of 50 years so well it is like watching two films at once, and very enjoyably so. The time allotted to each storyline in this back-and-forth method was perfect so as never to bore. The story provides a bit of insight into Julia Child's life for those who only know about her books and television show. Meryl Streep's portrayal of Julia is fantastic - realistic and never overdone. The story is inspiring and proves that it really is never too late to find your passion. The movie has a lot of funny moments but one sour note at the end is the inferred indifference of Julia Child toward Julie's efforts. This could be due to the fact that Julie's relatively easy and quick success is largely based on the work that took Julia Child a decade to achieve, not to mention that she was 90 and probably had other things on her to-do list.

- Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville