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Love Is All Around

Even before Valentine's Day has reached the theaters, gimlet-eyed observers are already comparing it to the 2003 British film Love Actually, both movies being...

Need a Lift?

The Sundance Film Festival may be known for earnest, small-scale dramas, but it also has been the launching pad for some brutally simple low-budget...

Letters to Savannah

In her recent, cautiously positive review of Extraordinary Measures, film critic Dana Stevens advanced the idea on Slate that the movie world's new guilty...

One-Part Drama

The key to understanding what's right and what's wrong with Edge of Darkness is knowing that it's based on a British TV miniseries. Our...

Breaking Bad

Somehow, the upper reaches of stardom have always seemed to just elude Jeff Bridges' grasp despite all his advantages as a well-known actor's son...

Domestic Conflict

When I was a boy, I visited relatives in South America and noticed that all my uncles and aunts seemed to employ maids. I...

Firth of Force

Talented though he is, Colin Firth has never shown that much range. While his close contemporary Hugh Grant has made a career out of...

Medical License

In the late 1990s, a Harvard Business School graduate named John Crowley made medical history. He was a Bristol Myers executive whose two youngest...

Too Much Heaven

As far back as 2001, when Peter Jackson first took on the Lord of the Rings saga, I kept wishing that he'd find time...

Pedro + Penélope

At this point, Pedro Almodóvar truly seems incapable of making a bad movie. I can't think of any other great filmmaker working today about...