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Film, "Saving Mr. Banks": The Biopic of <i>Mary Poppins</i>

"Saving Mr. Banks": The Biopic of Mary Poppins

One way to know if a movie is a classic is to discover yourself feeling pity for another movie about how it was made. Pity this true-if-syrupy Hollywood story of Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in stubborn…
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Last Chance Harvey

Can a heartwarming meet-cute as unambitious and overtly sentimental as Last Chance Harvey be simply too nice to get beat up on by anyone other than the coldest of bastards? Perhaps it helps if you're in the third act of…
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Film, Heavenly Hag

Heavenly Hag

There is evidently no limit to the sacrifices actors will make for their art. If you thought beautiful Charlize Theron went the distance by transforming herself into a bloated, scowling murderess for Monster, just wait till you and the kids…
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Film, The Dead Clone

The Dead Clone

It's hard, perhaps impossible, to watch a character in a movie grasp someone's hands to receive psychic visions without thinking of Christopher Walken's Johnny Smith in The Dead Zone, a signature role that Walken has since spoofed on several occasions.…
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Jane's Addiction

Sense and Sensibility is a big movie about small gestures. It's easy to see why Jane Austen (whose 1811 novel of the same title is the basis for Emma Thompson's screenplay) is enjoying her present vogue in Hollywood: Her characters…
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