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Relationships Have Hidden Meaning in '45 Years'

45 Years is a kind of ghost story, as memories, personal histories, and truths, are found to have been hidden within dark crevices all along.

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Curzon/Sundance Selects

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'Self/Less' Gives Life Lessons for Rich People

Even if we give the protagonist his newly found joie de vivre a pass, what with him essentially being brought back from the dead and all, it's still pointless.

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'What We Did On Our Holiday' Finds Order in Chaos

This seems like a primer on how to do divorce badly. But it also gets at a broader theme: how truth and lies shape lives.

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Endgame Entertainment

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'A Little Chaos' Is Too Orderly

The few proto-feminist inklings in Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos wither away by the end, trading in chaos for the usual order.

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Aleph

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'Inside Out' Finds Disney and Pixar Working Together Successfully

Although it sends reductive messages about the emotions of young girls, Inside Out is of the kind of brilliance that Pixar used to churn out regularly, before it was bought out by Disney.

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Disney, Pixar

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Julianne Moore Is in Class in 'The English Teacher'

Linda's (Julianne Moore) misreading of herself and her surroundings allows her some measure of solace and also structures The English Teacher.

Renée Scolaro Mora
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'Erased': A Father's Past is Inescapable, or Is It?

Although Erased doesn't portray it particularly well, the question it raises is an intriguing one: who controls anyone's life narrative?

Renée Scolaro Mora
Television

'The Mystery of Edwin Drood': Opium Dreams Lead to Self-Doubts

Like Charles Dickens' novel, this two-part presentation focuses less on the title character than his troubled uncle, John Jasper (Matthew Rhys), but it doesn't provide much in the way of a "mystery."

Renée Scolaro Mora
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It's a Delight to Rediscover 'Great Expectations'

The benefactor business in Great Expectations raises questions concerning agency. The haves exert their power over the have-nots, at will or whim.

Renée Scolaro Mora
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'The Woman in Black' Is an Old-Fashioned Ghost Story

Mrs. Drablow’s creepy, dilapidated mansion, Eel Marsh House, is the most fantastic haunted house imaginable, both attracting and repelling us.

Renée Scolaro Mora
Television

'24 Hours in the ER' Asks Meaningful Questions

Along with showing injuries and traumas, the BBC's 24 Hours in the ER asks some pretty meaningful questions about mortality, aging, faith, and family relationships.

Renée Scolaro Mora
Television

'Pan Am': More Mid-Century Nostalgia

It seems reasonable to hope that Pan Am will resist the urge to cross the line between acknowledging misogynistic behavior and fetishizing it.

Renée Scolaro Mora
Television

'New Girl' Is More Like 'Recycled Girl'

The promos for New Girl suggest that it’s something new or at least mildly unusual. But its first episode looks like more of the same.

Renée Scolaro Mora
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'Le Hérisson (The Hedgehog)' Is Prickly on the Outside

The Hedgehog presents Paloma as less troubled than merely naïve, her understanding of the world is shaped by her limited access to it.

Renée Scolaro Mora
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