Cinema: Mysteries of The Eccentric Heart


Directed by Pat O'Connor

Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley

There are mysteries, and then again there are mysteries. Those that involve capital crimes oblige a movie to solve the puzzle clearly, neatly and, one hopes, surprisingly before the final fade-out. There is, however, a better class of enigma that involves less deadly, even comical, forms of human behavior. And there is a better class of film that is wisely content to set forth such shadowy dilemmas and leave them unresolved, resonating in our minds.

The January Man is modestly, ingratiatingly, a movie of the latter sort. To be...

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