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By 11.7.12

Taxing the rich won't begin to repair the moral and spiritual lives of this film's sibling have-nots.

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By 10.30.12

Ben Affleck's naïveté is Hollywood's, not America's.

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Kubrick’s Family

By From the August 1980 issue

Stanley Kubrick's new film, The Shining, is about a man who wants to kill his wife and son. It does not matter that the movie uses the conventions of the horror genre, explaining the man's desire in supernatural terms; Kubrick has simply taken the wonderful trash novel of the occult by Stephen King, which was a big bestseller, and has used the basic outline of its plot to tell his more gruesome and more serious story. From the Bomb in Dr. Strangelove, to the Mysteries of the Universe in 2001: A Space Odyssey, to the Family in The Shining -- Kubrick likes to tackle the Really Big Subjects. In this movie he reverses Ivan Karamazov's famous question, asking instead: "Who wouldn't desire his son's death?"

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The Oranges

By 10.22.12

Only in Hollywood could a family's break-up be the stuff of comedy.

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By 10.18.12

Time travel that narrows the mind -- just the opposite of what it should do.

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End of Watch

By 10.11.12

From Hollywood, a police story in which the cops are allowed to be good guys again.

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The Master

By 10.8.12

A wonderful movie, in which the dupe outshines the con-man.

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By 10.2.12

Richard Gere, as you've never seen him before -- not!

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2016: Obama’s America

By 9.10.12

Are there hidden reasons to oppose the president's re-election -- or do we have enough real reasons already?

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The Queen of Versailles

By 8.20.12

A fall from grace that can be described as an American liberal's dream come true.