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A Gradually Smoldering Passion

A Gradually Smoldering Passion

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Is “Carol,” Todd Haynes’ outstanding adaption of Patricia Highsmith’s classic lesbian novel “The Price of Salt,” a piercing study of the title character (Cate Blanchett), or is its primary concern the role Carol has as catalyst for her lover Therese’s (Rooney Mara) sexual awakening? This lush, gorgeous film is, to […]

Martial Arts Biopic at War With Itself

Martial Arts Biopic at War With Itself

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” is several movies in one. Basically, it combines martial arts with historical drama. This isn’t a particularly original idea: films from Tsui Hark’s “Once Upon a Time in China” to Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” have melded the two, usually with a heaping of Chinese nationalism. From […]