Tag Archives: Joan Allen

Pleasantville - * * 1/2*

Pleasantville is, of all things, a pleasant little film. It asks the question, what would the world be like if everything was perfect? And then it uses that, not only as a launchpad for social commentary on contemporary values, but … Continue reading

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The Ice Storm - * * *

In his next film since Sense and Sensibility, director Ang Lee tackles another literary project, though this one is radically different. The Ice Storm is based on the novel by Rick Moody, a snapshot of Thanksgiving weekend, 1973. Ice Storm … Continue reading

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The Crucible - * * * 1/2*

Stirring adaptation of Arthur Miller’s portrayal of the Salem witch hunts. In a moment of weakness, John Proctor (Daniel Day-Lewis) has an affair with his servant Abigail Williams (Winona Ryder). His wife, Elizabeth (Joan Allen), sends Abigail away, but she … Continue reading

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Nixon - * *

Great performances help redeem director/screenwriter Oliver Stone’s twisted fiasco. Anthondy Hopkins takes the title role, which somewhat follows the life and presidency of Richard Nixon. Oliver Stone chooses to tell the story mostly in flashback. He starts with the final … Continue reading

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