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  • PBS' 'Cancer' documentary cuts to the heart of the matter

     PBS' 'Cancer' documentary cuts to the heart of the matter
    Barak Goodman's three-part documentary, "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies," is prefaced with the sort of "not suitable for all viewers" warning far more typical of a hard-R cable series than a PBS documentary that's not about the Holocaust.
  • Movie review: �The Living� lives thanks to a brutal, unflinching turn by Chris Mulkey

    Sir Alfred once said, "The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture." Committing this truism to memory would still serve any film student well. It's stunning how few filmmakers remember that when writing, casting and producing their...

    Movie review: �Effie Gray� should end the Dakota Fanning as leading lady experiment

    She just turned 21. So perhaps the cruel truth can be at last be said about Dakota Fanning without fear of being called a child-abuser. Whatever "it" is, that spark that film actresses and actors have that makes them interesting and empathetic and...

    Movie review: 'Girl is in Trouble' is clever, suspenseful

    There's an extraneous word in the title of the thriller "The Girl is in Trouble." The moment we meet the sexy, calculating Swede Signe (Alicja Bachleda), we know the girl IS trouble. But co-writer/director Julius Onah's clever genre film never lets us...

    Movie review: 'Woman in Gold' merits a bronze

    "Woman in Gold" is a very good story meekly told. It's a dramatization of one woman's story to recover the art looted from one Jewish family by the Nazis, rendered here in mostly flat tones and trite dialogue. A good rule of thumb for any screenwriter,...