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Daryl Hannah is quite fetching and few can blame Robert Redford for not kicking her out of bed (even though it’s a ridiculously obvious violation of legal ethics) in “Legal Eagles” (1986). But if you can find a woman that looks at you the way Debra Winger looks at Redford, you make her your co-counsel and never let her go. Otherwise, the film is another one of those dopey 1980s lawyer movies that bear no resemblance to actual lawyering. Writer/director Ivan Reitman has Redford and Winger defend Hannah, who’s accused of murdering someone(s?) over a generation-old, art-world grudge. Hijinks ensue.

C.S. Lewis was a craftsman of language. The Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger film that chronicles Lewis’ ill-fated, late-life love affair, “Shadowlands” (1993), embodies craftsmanship worthy of the author. The immersion into 1950s English academe, with its old marble, polished wood, tweedy coats and smoking pipes, is total. Perhaps its only fault is that it’s so polished it might come off as bloodless. Also, it’s “based on a true story,” so Lewis fans will have to accept the time compression that occurs for the sake of dramatization, but unlike some films, you don’t feel as though you’re being lied to.