“Eastern Promises,” review by Carrie Rickey

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Eastern Promises is David Cronenberg’s A Christmas Carol. That doesn’t mean the Canadian filmmaker of A History of Violence has gone soft. Only that his brutal and melancholy morality tale, a bookend to Violence that reunites him with the wily Mortensen, is a ghost story puddled with blood and self-scrutiny. Read more

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Carrie Rickey

Carrie Rickey has been The Philadelphia Inquirer's film critic for 21 years and writes the newspaper's Flickgrrl blog. She has reviewed films as diverse as "Water" and "The Waterboy," profiled celebrities from Lillian Gish to Will Smith, and reported on technological beakthroughs from the video revolution to the rise of movies on demand. Her reviews are syndicated nationwide and she is a regular contributor to Entertainment Weekly, MSNBC and NPR. Rickey's essays appear in numerous anthologies, including "The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll," "The American Century," and the Library of America's "American Movie Critics."