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Culture, The Exhibitionist Paul Haggis' New Movie, <i>Third Person</i>, Explores Relationships in Multiple Plots

Paul Haggis' New Movie, Third Person, Explores Relationships in Multiple Plots

After moving to California from Canada in his 20s, Paul Haggis wrote and directed TV shows such as The Tracy Ullman Show" and thirtysomething. His screenplays include Letters From Iwo Jima, and In The Valley Of Elah. He's the…
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Film, "Third Person": Menage a Talky

"Third Person": Menage a Talky

Writer-director Paul Haggis' new film is, in part, a three-way love story about the three-way-ness of love stories. Which is to say it's about what goes on between the two it takes to tango when somebody brings a plus-one. With…
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Film, "The Next Three Days": Russell Crowe is a bored actor in a dumb project

"The Next Three Days": Russell Crowe is a bored actor in a dumb project

"What if we choose to exist solely in a reality of our own making?" asks Pittsburgh community-college lit professor John Brennan (Russell Crowe) rhetorically during a discussion of Don Quixote in The Next Three Days, Paul Haggis' fourth effort as…
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Film, Walk Through the Valley

Walk Through the Valley

Even the most adamantly antiwar movies about American soldiers returning from Vietnam—Hal Ashby's Coming Home (1978) and Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July (1989)—redeemed their mangled, embittered grunts through the love of good women, devoted parents, political resistance,…
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Film, Guarded State

Guarded State

Those twentysomethings, poor dears, can never catch a break in the movies. First this maligned generation is told, in countless gritty indies and perky studio comedies, that they're rowing through life without oars. Now, director Tony Goldwyn's admirably understated handling…
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Film, We're No Angels

We're No Angels

Much of Crash, an L.A.-stories portmanteau about the suffocating embrace of racism, is hard to watch, harder still to listen to. Its characters -- the creations of co-writer and director Paul Haggis but also of people who live next door…
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