Movies: The Smallest Victims

Three films explore the vulnerabilities of children

When we think of our children or grandchildren, the ghost haunting the attics of our minds is their vulnerability. They are essentially defenseless. And in the late watches of the night, we can't help succumbing to clammy unease.

That fear is pretty close to primal. And so, especially if they're American made, the movies have turned to this topic on a regular basis. If an anxiety is common enough, there's usually a dollar or two to be made on it. Parental nerves are currently fueling such straightforward pictures as Man on Fire, a revenge film, and Godsend, in which the...

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