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True Love

by John Rodat January 16, 2014

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  The trailers for Spike Jonze’s Her are misleading. They admit upfront that the plot involves the love relationship that develops between a lonely man and a computer-operating system. But they allow the misapprehension that Her ...

Unendurable

by Shawn Stone January 10, 2013

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  The 2004 tsunami that devastated South Asia and the East Indies has surfaced occasionally on the big screen—remember Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter?—but The Impossible, the story of one family’s terrible, terrifying true experience, takes audiences into ...

The Mysteries of Sorrow

by Laura Leon February 2, 2011

rabbit hole

Nowadays you can’t swing a cat without hitting upon some fragment of the grief industry. Talk shows, self-help books and countless magazine articles profess to help you find closure, but in reality perpetuate the idea ...

Punk Drunk Love

by John Rodat January 5, 2011

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The names attached, however briefly, to The Fighter, preproduction, indicate that it was always intended to be a big film. Brad Pitt and Matt Damon were in the running for the part that ultimately went ...

Ornery Creatures

by Laura Leon January 5, 2011

TRUE GRIT

“People do not give it credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father’s blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will ...

He Said a Mouthfull

by Ann Morrow January 5, 2011

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The king’s speech earned seven golden globe nominations, and by rights should garner at least that many oscar noms. A dramatization of the future king george vi’s stuggle with a speech impediment on the eve ...