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George McCartney, a professor of English at St. John's College, is film editor for Chronicles. He is the author of Evelyn Waugh and the Modernist Tradition (Transaction).
Rosamund Pike in I Care a Lot plays a character who preys upon the elderly, hiding her malice behind a brilliant smile. She's one of a number of cinematic villains who mask rapacious natures behind toothy, menacing grins.
Two recent films depict two radically different female struggles: one of motherhood and loss, in Pieces of a Woman, and the other as a life lived in revenge against men, in A Promising Young Woman.
Netflix's Mank dramatizes the tribulations of the screenwriter of one of the greatest films ever made, Citizen Kane, and the struggle of authorial vision with expedience.
George McCartney recalls a prophetic classic by George Orwell.
Russell Crowe's Unhinged is an intimidating portrait of white, working class violence. In comparison, two other Hollywood films give us a more balanced treatment of the controlled use of force.
1984 is a timeless classic, but we often overlook Orwell's other prophetic novel, "Coming Up for Air."
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