Restless Spirits

‘The Lovely Bones’ & ‘A Single Man’

“You took the best / Now take the rest,” the blues singer offers her lover in despair. But Peter Jackson, adapting Alice Sebold’s overrated but fairly touching bestseller The Lovely Bones, did just the opposite: he took the worst of the book and gave it cinematic shine, then merely skimmed the rest.

This tale of a murdered fourteen-year-old whose spirit hovers over her bereaved family and...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.