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Tommy Lee Jones

Unsettling

by Laura Leon December 11, 2014

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  The fabled stories of the how the West was won are populated with images of hardscrabble pioneers and undaunted bravery, but rarely, save in instances dealing with capture by Indians, do we come across the ...

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Crimes and Misdirection

by Laura Leon September 18, 2013

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  Based on an action novel by Tonino Benacquista, The Family is an unhappy merger between crime drama and buddy comedy. After ratting out his mob buddies, Giovanne Manzoni (Robert De Niro) and his family go ...

The Presence of Greatness

by Laura Leon November 20, 2012

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  How to make a movie about Abraham Lincoln? What portion of a life, a presidency, an immense political footprint, would you focus on? These had to be questions director Steven Spielberg thought long and hard ...

The Remains of the Day

by Laura Leon August 16, 2012

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While you wouldn’t know it from the marketing campaign, Hope Springs is not a laugh riot about the foibles of middle-age couples trying to regain that long-lost spark. It is, rather, a surprisingly supple, often ...

Time-Travel Transformation

by Laura Leon May 30, 2012

A few weeks ago, during one of those bouts of sleeplessness where you mull over troubling work and family situations ad nauseum, I thought about Will Smith. Why, I’ll never know, but in my nocturnal ...