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Army of Shadows

When Mat Hames was growing up in Grand Prairie, he managed to convince his mom one day that he’d been kidnapped. Not amused, she...

Potter Books

Remember last week when I praised Notes on a Scandal as an antidote to what I called “tea-and-crumpets” British cinema? Well, this week we’re...

Off the Island

Clint Eastwood shot Letters From Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers as companion pieces. The latter film came out last October, telling the...

Teacher’s Pet

The tabloids would have you believe that movie stardom is exclusively for young hotties, but take a look at 72-year-old Judi Dench. She spent...

Barberic Violence

People who think of musicals as light and fluffy entertainment have been surprised that Tim Burton is doing one, even though previous Burton movies...

Idiocracy

Throughout his career, Forest Whitaker has always been the nice guy. Despite his large frame, he’s never cut much of a threatening figure on...

Yes, Maugham

Mark this as one of those coincidences that occasionally pop up within the format of this page. Both The Painted Veil and The Last...

Family Coup

Four years ago Zhang Yimou made the most expensive film in Chinese history, Hero, with an estimated budget of $30 million. His latest epic, Curse...

Happily Never After

Chalk up yet another great year for Mexican filmmakers. The closely knit trio of Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, and Alejandro González Iñárritu all...

Scent to Death

Since its publication in 1985, Patrick Süskind’s German novel Das Parfum has been hailed as an instant classic. It was also declared “unfilmable” by...