Advantage Allen

Match Point

Quick, what was the last Woody Allen film you saw? Husbands and Wives? Bullets over Broadway? If you’re like many fans, you may wince when you realize how long it’s been. Allen meanwhile has gone on, chugging away like the Energizer Bunny, turning out a film every year or so. Yet the impression his recent efforts convey is one of artistic exhaustion. They suggest a director caught in a rut, making the same movies over and over: gimmicky narrative...

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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.