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August 13, 2013

CALLERI: Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" may deliver an Oscar to Cate Blanchett


Niagara Gazette — Allen has found an outstanding cast to balance Blanchett, including, but not limited to, Alec Baldwin as Jasmine’s oily husband Hal, Alden Ehrenreich as her estranged son Danny, Sally Hawkins as Ginger, Michael Stuhlbarg as a dentist, Peter Sarsgaard as the diplomat who falls for the illusion of yet another reinvented Jasmine, and Bobby Cannavale as Ginger’s new boyfriend, the Stanley Kowalski of the San Francisco world director Allen is stirring up.

“Blue Jasmine” is one of the best movies of the year. Javier Aquirresarobe’s cinematography captures the urban pulse of a city tourists don’t often see.

Allen, a master at creating strong women characters, has done it again. And with Blanchett as Jasmine, he has found the perfect actress to say his believable and engaging words.

Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at

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