Keep An Eye on the Furniture

The visual voodoo of an Addams Family portrait and the shimmering spell of a Disney cartoon are triumphs of style

Let's go see a movie. O.K. But what do we see? Often, we see what we hear: the dialogue that makes us laugh, or the music that cues our tears. If we do look at a film, it's to watch the actors' fine faces emoting at high pitch. Everything else, everything that touches our senses more subtly -- the lighting, the decor, the very design of the film -- is just furniture. We go to Macy's for that stuff, not to the movies.

As if in splendid conspiracy, two new films insist on being stared at. They can get away with...

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