Movies: Charm Offensive

Hollywood aims to please the old-fashioned way in two new films

Movies used to sail on charm. Gorgeous stars would purr their smooth patter, smile their way out of embarrassing entanglements and seal their conquest of a co-star--and a worldwide audience--with a kiss. Today that sounds So Old, but it was the standard for a half-century. Once in a while a director makes a movie that tries to recapture that warm feeling. It's harder than it looks, as a couple of new films prove.

A Good Year, directed by Ridley Scott and written by Marc Klein from the Peter Mayle novel, practically does backflips to win you over. It tosses London investment...

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