Lost Boys

‘IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH' & ‘INTO THE WILD'

Is there an actor working today who conveys a more mythically American presence than Tommy Lee Jones? His endlessly fascinating face unites opposites in our national character, making him both suave and brutal, calculating and homespun. He’s tough, but smart too (that Harvard education!), and while his characters generally play on the side of the angels, they don’t hesitate to get their hands dirty. Like Clint Eastwood, Jones is an...

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Rand Richards Cooper, one of Commonweal's film critics, is the author of two works of fiction, The Last To Go and Big as Life.