The Hours
This gripping drama follows the parallel lives of three 20th-century women: incomparable writer Virginia Woolf, an unsatisfied 1950s housewife and a modern-day book editor who's losing her former lover to AIDS.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

I hate movies like this. It's really pretty good, honest, but it's so shamelessly positioning itself for an Oscar, such a pretentious, self-significant pas seul, that you can't help but root against it. Streep and Julianne Moore are excellent (Nicole Kidman is adequate), but Philip Glass's annoying score distracts from them. The film is at its best when it links its three women, both narratively and thematically, and it makes very important points about freedom versus responsibility. If only it was as good as it thinks it is.

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