In the company men, Bobby Walker is a Porsche-driving golden boy laid off from his middle-management job. He smugly expects an easy landing somewhere, but the economy has other plans, which is how he ends up delivering one of the most wrenching lines in a movie that's full of them: "I'm a 37-year-old unemployed loser who can't support his family."
With harrowing realism, 'The Company Men' captures the raw, personal impact of the economic meltdown.
Affleck's heist movie, "The Town," is part of a career turnaround so amazing that he looks like the new Clint Eastwood. Seriously. Affleck directed, stars in, and co-wrote "The Town," a suspenseful, fiercely paced movie about bank robbers that is also about love, brotherhood, and the desperate need to escape a crooked life.
Nancy Mitford rejected an offer to reprint her pre–World War II satire Wigs on the Green, explaining to her friend Evelyn Waugh, "Too much has happened for jokes about Nazis to be regarded as funny or as anything but the worst of taste." She had other reasons to worry. The novel's bubble-headed heroine, Eugenia Malmains, was a portrait of Nancy's Nazi sister.
Ever since "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" became a hit largely because it played off headlines about her blooming romance with costar Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie's offscreen celebrity has overwhelmed her onscreen roles. Her new movie—with the tagline "Who is Salt?"—knows how to use her outsize fame.
We know Joan Rivers can be tacky, abrasive, self-mocking. On her way to winning Celebrity Apprentice last year, she berated professional gambler Annie Duke, screaming "You're a pokah playah—that's beyond white trash!"And the second season of her TV Land series How'd You Get So Rich? in which she gushes over homes of the nouveau riche—the gaudier, the better—has just begun. But culturally significant? Turns out she's that too.
Deep into HBO's megabudget miniseries The Pacific, as Americans fight the Japanese in a gruesome battle to control tiny Peleliu island, a sensitive officer comforts a horrified young Marine, assuring him that the brutality is "worthwhile because our cause is just." It all seems so quaint: the idea that war is about controlling battlefields; the sentimental certainty that justice is on our side; and, most of all, the arrival of another old-fashioned World War II extravaganza that has no cultural...