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The Handmaid's Tale Review


Very Good
Margaret Atwood's highly regarded novel came to the screen in 1990 in an uneven yet still gripping production (newly released on DVD). Natasha Richardson makes perhaps the biggest impact in her career as Offred, the "handmaid" at the center of a dystopic future where ultra-right wing factions are in control of the government, martial law rules, and biological agents have rendered 99% of women sterile. Those women who are still fertile and have been convicted of some crime, however ridiculous, become handmaids, stripped from their lives and sentenced to service the remaining rich and powerful, whose wives can't conceive children.

Offred finds herself at the mercy of a good-natured but subtly manipulative commander (Robert Duvall) and his faded-star wife Serena Joy (Faye Dunaway). And soon enough she slips her way into an underground aiming to overthrow the fascist regime.

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L.A. Story Review


Excellent
Steve Martin's treatise on Los Angeles vapidity (and how love can be the same way) is lighthearted yet plenty of fun, even though its satire is often ridiculously over the top -- most notably when Steve Martin's TV weatherman records his segments in advance so he can get away for the weekend. (Choreographed gas station attendants aren't much more subtle.) The fun is contagious, and the movie's worth seeing for its innumerable cameos, fun supporting roles, and clever jokes. If nothing else, it will remind you how funny Martin used to be.
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