Movies: They Have Work To Do

Here's a rare tandem: two ambitious dramas about men coping in the workplace--or coping without it

People don't work in movies. They play around, kick butt, fall in love or lust. How they cope with the pains and tiny triumphs of their jobs--in these things, films show virtually no interest, leaving that task to workplace sitcoms and cop and lawyer shows. The idea has always been that people won't pay to see at the 'plex what they just left in the office. To be forced to review our working lives on the big screen--that's not escape, that's overtime.

Yet a job is often how we define ourselves; where we met the people we marry or the...

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