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Pop Corn Movie

My job is difficult this week. I’m here to make a case for Music and Lyrics, a movie that well exceeded my nonexistent expectations. My...

The Way to Wonderland

An unusual number of people have come up to me in the last month or so to tell me how marvelous they found Pan’s...

Violation

Anthony Minghella made his name as the director of lush, cosmopolitan, epic literary adaptations with period settings, beginning with The English Patient in 1996...

Sin for Your Supper

The title of The Last Sin Eater refers to a ritual that hails from the British Isles, in which a designated “sin eater” (a...

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...