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If… (1968) Directed by Lindsay Anderson "Non-realism in style is not—must not be—synonymous with unreality. These worlds are unreal." Anderson wrote those words about a trio of John Ford films he felt went in for too-easy symbolism, too deliberate a break from the emotional truth Ford was capable of. Anderson, whom Stanley Kauffmann called the “best directing talent” England ever produced, found the perfect medium for the real and the unreal in his sophomore feature. If…...
Is Ben Affleck America's hardest-luck movie star? It's a largely oxymoronic concept, of course, and the exceptions should probably be applied to those who had stardom in their grasp and lost it in a spectacular fashion, something that seemed within the realm of possibility for Affleck circa 2005 or so, but never became a permanent condition. Yet whether through bad luck, bad decisions, or some ineffable in-between state, Affleck can't seem to hold...
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The Accountant

The Accountant Directed by Gavin O'Connor Opens October 14 It's pretty clear that Ben Affleck wants to be Clint Eastwood. Not in the gunslinging, squinting, or growling ways, but as a go-to actor-director dabbling in both awards bait and popular fare for Warner Bros. Eastwood got to the point where Warner would make just about any movie he wanted for the right price, a long-term relationship that seems to have been updated with present-day superhero quid pro...
For all the attention and criticism generated by Clint Eastwood’s recent comments in Esquire—“We’re really in a pussy generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist.”—little notice was given to the fact that in that interview Eastwood barely discussed his own movies. Furthermore, two films he did discuss allowed Eastwood to circle back to...

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