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Film, "Lincoln" Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg Ably Fill the Hat

"Lincoln" Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg Ably Fill the Hat

There's an unfun tendency in American life to fictionalize our national heroes as rigid statue-people who only speak as though they are delivering commencement addresses, a kind of unlovable, Al Gore-ish anti-charisma that would inhibit anyone in real life from…
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Film, California Burning

California Burning

A great brooding thundercloud of a movie, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood arrives as if from nowhere on a gust of critical acclaim, lowering over a landscape of barren mesas and hot, scrubby hills. Anderson's epic, no less…
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News, Feature Hit List

Hit List

It's that time of year again. Our six critics don't always (or often) agree, but we've combined their top 10 lists (allowing for ties) to pretend they do! So without further ado, the 10 (or 15) best movies of the…
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Film, The Way He Lives Now

The Way He Lives Now

"You don't meet the book when you meet the writer," the novelist William Gibson has said. "You meet the place where it lives." A relatively uncontroversial remark about the people who vent their imaginations on the page — no one…
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Culture, Stage Home Again

Home Again

It's been 30 years since Jean Shelton has performed on stage. I don't know if the Method actor-turned-celebrated acting coach suffered a Daniel Day-Lewis moment during her turn as Martha in a 1970s production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of…
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Film, Rose in Bloom

Rose in Bloom

When the great playwright Arthur Miller died in February, many admirers took stock again of his most enduring creation, Willy Loman. A delusional idealist who finds himself failed and felled by the American dream, the tragic hero of Death of…
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Body and Soul

The Boxer Directed by Jim Sheridan. Written by Sheridan and Terry George. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, and Brian Cox. At Bay Area theaters. Forget about the overgrown-adolescent lovers of Titanic and the May-December Looney Tunes lovebirds of As Good…
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Second Time Around

The Unbearable Lightness of Being The social drama was the easiest part to grasp, yet it was also the least celebrated aspect of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Philip Kaufman's thrillingly intelligent, keenly emotional adaptation of Czech expatriate Milan Kundera's…
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