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Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds

Will Smith may not actually wear a crown of thorns in Seven Pounds, but you’d be hard pressed to tell from the pained, man of constant sorrow expression he wears throughout the film. Smith and Italian director Gabriele Muccino collaborated on another weepie, The Pursuit

The Willow Tree

The Willow Tree

Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi has taken a subject usually dealt with as melodrama or horror – a blind man regaining his sight – and created a moving meditation on freedom, obligation, and expectation. The Willow Tree might just as easily have been called Ways of

Vanilla Sky

Vanilla Sky

What prompted writer/director Cameron Crowe and producer/star Tom Cruise to remake Alejandro Amenábar’s psychological thriller Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes)? Reinterpreting Amenábar’s stylish (and pretentious) tale of a narcissist who loses everything only to find his soul allows the Jerry Maguire collaborators to explore

A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)

A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)

What might Stanley Kubrick have made of A.I.? There’s a cynicism and harsh edge to this story that Steven Spielberg smooths out and polishes, so that the film fairly glows with the innocence of the Pinocchio figure at its heart.