“Of all the things to make you pause, hand on wallet, before shelling out for a movie ticket, try this: a film about the aftermath of 9/11, starring Adam Sandler. What possible cultural need, one might ask, could be met by such a project? It is thus with a degree of amazement that I find myself nominating Reign Over Me written and directed by Mike Binder, as a movie that might be worth your time.”

A near-rave review of Reign Over Me from New Yorker critic Anthony Lane? I know it’s a good and uncommonly haunting film with a surprisingly powerful performance by Sandler, but for some reason I’m startled that the snooty Lane not only agrees, but has found other particular Reign things to praise.