Cinema: O Come, All Ye Dysfunctional

The big holiday movies are filled with tidings of discomfort...but a couple also bring some joy

Oh, there's no place like moan for the holidays. That's now the tradition for year-end movies, and this year the season of official good feeling is refracted in Oscar-envious films about troubled folks. A schizophrenic mathematician, a slow-witted father, an amnesiac writer, a disfigured playboy, unhappy families in Manhattan and on an English estate--all these sad souls threaten to turn the holiday film scene into a Yuletide reunion at Bellevue. But wait. Most of these tales are ultimately journeys to spiritual health. And if you need a dose of old-movie magic--reach for the Ring. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP...

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