Ghost Story

Now death means always having to say you're sorry

Movies have always tried to teach the audience lessons: how to live more adventurously, love more expertly, blow things up more noisily. And every now and then, die more beautifully. This holiday season, mortality is much on the minds of ambitious filmmakers. Grim Death will be gargling in dramas about AIDS (Philadelphia), the Nazi Holocaust (Schindler's List), Vietnam (Heaven and Earth) and plain old age (Wrestling Ernest Hemingway). It's apt that the Cardiac Pack is led by My Life, for its writer-director is Bruce Joel Rubin, screenwriter for the postmortem love story Ghost and the death-throe fantasy Jacob's Ladder -- the...

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