‘Belle’ blends bondage and bigotry with beauty

When you go to see an exquisite period piece, you leave certain things at the door. You shuck off your expectations of gender equity, and you lay down your ideas about bigotry. You accept that the only representation of nonwhites will exist in servants, prostitutes and the proprietor of the
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‘The Debt’ reimagines Israeli espionage thriller

The saying goes that those who can’t do teach, and those who can’t teach make Holocaust movies. John Madden, director of such sappy, trophy-swiping schlock as “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) and “Proof” (2005), competently elevates “The Debt” from the constraints of that genre and into another: a dark, rich espionage
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