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The Traitor: Family unfriendly

What’s it going to take to get Tommaso Bruscetta to testify?

Family. It’s why Charlie lent a helping hand to his hair-triggered cousin Johnny Boy in Mean Streets. But go against Mr. French in The Departed and he’ll soon forget how once upon a time your ...

Created Equal: an unduly sympathetic portrait of Clarence Thomas

My sworn duty is to review the film, not the man

Spectacles, or no spectacles? That is the question that opens Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words. (Thomas settled upon two eyes instead of four.) The next voice you hear is that of writer ...

Quezon’s Game: A Filipino Schindler’s List?

“Could I have done more?”

For a month, the link languished in my mailbox — I put off playing Quezon’s Game until the latest possible moment. Frankly, the thought of a Filipino Schindler’s List held about as much interest as ...

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Family movies with ghosts of cartoons past

Bigweld’s gatekeeper is a direct descendant of Frank Morgan’s sentry in The Wizard of Oz

This week’s goal was to find three films to unite families around the set that didn’t contain any references to Christmas. The first two came easy. For some crazy reason, I had it in my ...

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The Devil Wears Prada 1.0 stars

Working-girl comedy in the vein of, oh, say, Working Girl, the eager, gifted, underemployed, and underpaid secretary ("A million girls would kill for that job") and the imperious, capricious, queen-bee boss. An ice queen, more descriptively, with snow-white hair, just ...

Devil in the Flesh 1.0 stars

The novel by Raymond Radiguet shocked some people after World War I. The film of it by Claude Autant-Lara shocked some people after World War II. (Largely for -- of all things -- anti-war sentiments, in both instances.) What could ...

Picture Perfect 1.0 stars

Agreeable enough romantic comedy. The complications -- the materialistic young woman behind the Gulden's Mustard advertising campaign ("Number Two ... And That Ain't Bad") invents a fiancé in order to advance herself in the firm -- fall into place without ...