Saving Mr Banks is a merciless film. It hits you with every sentimental low blow it can think of. Then it pounds you again. And when you’re down, it jumps on you. It makes shameless use of Emma Thompson weeping for a soggy fifteen minutes, and while you know the trick is remorseless you’ll end up crying, too. Don’t blame yourself: It is permitted to weep at dreadful films, so long as you lament for the exploited audience.
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This morning, I was forwarded a choice e-mail from the American Family Association (AFA) that instructs senior citizens to drop their AARP memberships. The AFA is an influential right-wing evangelical organization that has been accused of promoting homophobia, anti-Semitism, and other prejudices. It has more than 2 million online members and about 180,000 subscribers to its monthly magazine.