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Down in the Delta, Hope Is a Stranger: 'Ballast'

By S. JAMES SNYDER
September 30, 2008

Unlike so many films about black communities that tend to feel exaggerated or plain offensive, Lance Hammer's "Ballast" is honest and respectful of its characters and the painful space they inhabit.

'Che': It's a Long Story

Surveying a Week of Stories

Paul Newman, Actor, Succumbs to Cancer at 83

New York Film Festival Goes Around the World and Back

NYFF Opens Albert Lewin's Magic Box

A British Artist Plumbs the Politics of Hunger

Barbet Schroeder Can't Be Killed

'The Lucky Ones': Nothing Salves the Soul Like a Road Trip

'Eagle Eye': Let It Go to Voicemail

A Spike in the War Chest

If You Can't Punch Someone, Run Him Over

'Nights in Rodanthe': Contrived Hollywood Archetype Seeks Same

'Choke': Hard To Swallow

Movies in Brief: 'Wild Combination'

Movies in Brief: 'The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela'

'Alexander Nevsky': Chopping Down the Grand Teutons

MoMA Snatches Two From the Art House

Heroism of a King Captured on Film in the Movie of George VI

A Brilliant Portrayal by Colin Firth

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the New York Sun
January 8, 2011

“The King’s Speech” is, as advertised, a riveting view, even for those who might have no special interest in the history so vividly described in this new film. King George VI always has been one of the 20th century’s most uplifting examples of rising…

Secretariat Thunders Onto the Screen In a Magnificent Movie

A Glimpse Is Gained of Perfection in Sport

By SETH LIPSKY, Special to the Sun

One of the memorable moments in my newspaper life — a span filled with wars, politics, and other dramas, high and low — is the one that flashed by in the spring of 1973, when I found myself jammed up directly against an infield fence at Churchill…