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We Need a Reality Check on Unreal Christmas Rom-Coms

It's time Christmas rom-coms move beyond the twin swaps, the dead spouse who comes back as an angel, the bad blind date, etc., and instead, turn to real-life stories for healthy models of lasting love forged in the fires of the holiday.

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The Grudge: Special Edition (2004)

Precisely composed frames of urban and ancient architecture give way to Karen's face, deftly shadowed and shot from low angles, as Karen struggles to decipher the symbols that set her course.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Carnivàle

His quest has made Ben the most tortured man on TV. He's been beaten, buried alive, drugged, paralyzed, and forced to commit murder.

Michael Abernethy
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The Grudge (2004)

Karen's quintessential 'American' identity -- blond, do-gooding, intrepid -- makes her sense of dislocation especially acute.

Cynthia Fuchs
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A Slipping-Down Life (2004)

You're left wondering just what Evie sees in Drum, except that abstract backwardsness that she's inscribed in herself.

Cynthia Fuchs
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21 Grams (2003)

In 21 Grams, the fragmentation is pronounced, chaotic to the point of mathematical precision.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Identity (2003)

As James Mangold neatly puts it, these characters are running along 'a kind of Möbius strip of hell.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Identity (2003)

Amanda Peet, not incidentally, throws some fine, even sublime, attitude.

Cynthia Fuchs

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