CINEMA: FEEL-GOOD? NO, FEEL BAD!

MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS TAKES A CHEAP SHOT AT YOUR TEAR DUCTS

BAD MOVIES ALWAYS MAKE ME cry. Isn't that how the old pop song went? For a hundred years, moviemakers of no special talent have known that the simple act of putting a pretty thing in jeopardy--tying Sweet Sue to the railroad tracks, killing off Bambi's mom--will win an audience's hot tears and huzzahs. Sentiment, a human feeling or failing, is honorable; the uses to which it is often put are not. But that is for the individual viewer to judge. If a film touches you, you call it profound. If it has everyone around you sobbing while you remain stony, you...

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