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    ★★★★

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the director of 'Cure' and 'Pulse' has said that Robert Zemeckis is perhaps "the American film director who makes the most authentic films today." Not sure I would go that far, but this movie owns and was unfairly maligned when it first came out for its earnest, heart on the sleeve, humanist sentimentality. Sure, it's a little corny, but the ending of this movie is moving, beautiful and takes seriously the big ideas about faith, science, the existence…

  • The Rainmaker

    The Rainmaker

    ★★★½

    Francis Ford Coppola turns in a late-career gem directing a cast of all stars in righteous battle against the demonic evil of the health insurance industry. His only mistake? Not making Mickey Rourke the main character. Unlike in A Time to Kill, I found the stacked deck morality of this one easier went down smoother because there is no conceivable case that can be made for health insurance companies existing. However, much like A Time to Kill this film also has to include a subplot about how if someone is sufficiently evil it should be legal to kill to them.

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