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The Long and Short of It: ‘Lawrence of Arabia’

"Lawrence of Arabia" is the standard against which all other epics are judged. Sam explores the exotic world of the butt-numbing cinematic achievement.

The Long and Short of It: ‘Gandhi’

The Oscar-winning epic has a massive scope, but it never loses sight of its linchpin — the flesh-and-blood man behind the legend.

The Long and Short of It: ‘The English Patient’

An admirable epic, but its attempt to feel like an old classic clashes with the more contemporary grit at the dark heart of the story.


Jim Jarmusch's new film offers an airy slice of life that's quietly moving and casually profound.


Like Paul Verhoeven's pulpy American pictures, "Elle" is a taste of forbidden fruit, a peek at the seedy underbelly of seemingly sophisticated people.

The Long and Short of It: ‘Braveheart’

In the first entry of his new column, Sam paints his face blue and straps in for the 1995 war epic "Braveheart."

Sam’s Top 10 Films of 2016

Here are just a few of the many sterling achievements from an exceptional year for movies.

Don’t Breathe

A haunted hayride of a movie. If only it tried to stimulate our minds as much as our senses.