Politics & Policy

A Fiery Tribute

What makes firefighters run into a burning building when everyone else is running out? What gives some people such a sense of brotherly love that they would willingly give their ...
Politics & Policy

Vanity FairLy Dull

There’s something wonderfully delicious about a large-budget Hollywood production of Vanity Fair–the 19th-century novel whose aim was to skewer a self-important class that reveled in its own preening excess and ...
Politics & Policy

Dangerous Liaisons

Theories have been flying fast and furious over the last two weeks about the cause of Kerry’s post-convention bouncelessness. But if his strategists really want to know why the Democratic ...
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Cruise Control

Until the last ten minutes of Collateral, I was ready to write the movie off as a mediocre, if well-executed thriller. Before the last five, the story had taken such ...
Politics & Policy

Morals in The Village

Some critics will undoubtedly dismiss M. Night Shyamalan’s latest offering, The Village, as being too light on thrills to qualify as a thriller. And they would be right if that ...
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Bourne Again

One thing’s for certain…Russian taxicabs can sure take a beating. Or at least that’s the impression you get from The Bourne Supremacy’s most heart-stopping action sequence. Lest you doubt the ...
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Two Loves

When it comes to old-fashioned love stories, The Notebook is a mixed bag. A sort of Romeo-and-Juliet story (had the protagonists survived to retirement, that is), it manages to draw ...
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Terminal Madness

The most surprising thing about The Terminal–the new film that reunites cinematic Dream Team Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks–is not that it relies on good-hearted wit, good acting, and a ...
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Praising Helen

When it comes to portraying pastors on film, Hollywood sticks to a handful of flattering and slightly-less-than-flattering stereotypes. On the flattering side, we have the bygone days of red-cheeked inner-city ...