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Tuesday, November 29 2011

'The Cider House Rules' Remains a Stirring Actor Showcase

Oliver Stapleton's cinematography bathes the film in golden hues. Rachel Portman's music soars. The cast sparkles in roles big and small.


Monday, July 18 2011

'Chocolat' Is Sweet, Charming, Old-Fashioned Entertainment

This sweet treat might prove sinfully delightful to some, but might induce a sugar rush in the more cynical viewers.


Monday, June 7 2010

Dear John / Dear Nicholas Sparks, I'm Breaking Up With You

Since I can’t bear to think about any of it for more than a minute without falling into a nostalgic regret-tinged swoon over what might have been, I’ll get to the point. I owe you that much (but not enough to actually tell you this in person, or on the phone).


Saturday, December 31 1994

The Cider House Rules (1999)

Set in the 1930s and '40s, The Cider House Rules has a typically Irving-ian sense of scatter: the years sort of drift by, characters are sundry, and themes are vaguely related to each other. It could be that the film is concerned with the chronically troubled relations between parents (or their substitutes) and children...


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