At Play In The Fields Of The Lord

BB.5 (out of 5) This adaptation of the novel by Peter Matthiessen is epic on length but not substance. Members of the large cast include Tom Berenger as a pilot who crash lands in the middle of the Amazon and ends up adapting himself into a Native tribe; Aidan Quinn and Kathy Bates are missionaries deeply affected by…

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Ironweed

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Although it’s a difficult story that doesn’t make for light fare, this Depression-era melodrama is a marvelous character study with a huge emotional payoff in the end. Jack Nicholson plays a drifter who wanders the desolate streets of the city after having years ago left his middle-class family when tragedy left…

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Short Cuts

BBBBB (out of 5) This three-hour masterpiece adapts a number of Raymond Carver stories and blends them into one seamless epic. The stories concern a group of individuals living in California and the many challenges that they face in their lives. Julianne Moore stands out as a painter living with a sexually repressed husband (Matthew Modine),…

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