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"Arlington Road"

In "Arlington Road," paranoids really do have enemies.

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Arlington Road tries to give us the willies by stirring two creepy genres in the same Crock-Pot: The Do You Know Who Your Neighbors Really Are? movie and the increasingly popular Do You Know You're Being Targeted by Terrorists? flick. Jeff Bridges plays Michael Faraday, a suburban Washington, D.C., college history professor whose FBI-agent wife was offed in a Ruby Ridge-style face-off, and who now is obsessed with paramilitary conspiracies. His new neighbors, played by Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack, are so clean-cut and accommodating that it's not long before Michael is suspicious. Is he paranoid or is he right? Or both? If you've seen the trailer for this film, you already know the answer: Like most trailers these days, it blithely gives the whole show away in a scant few minutes. Not that there's any doubt what's going on: If the bad guys in the real world were all this obvious, life would be a whole lot easier.


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