You are right on target Klavan on the Culture! Film in this country would be far more interesting if the politics in the films were not, predictably, 90% of the time firmly on the Left. Outright conversative films like American Carol are quite rare:
Of course the deadening ideological conformity of the film industry is only one of its many problems. Others include: lack of creativity as illustrated by endless sequels; actors and actresses who are articulate as stones; screenwriters who, judging from their output, view plagiarism as the highest form of their art; and a total dependence on violence, profanity, sex and technical effects, to conceal the fact that films are usually poorly written, poorly acted and poorly directed. I would give up seeing films for Lent, but I am afraid that in the current state of the industry that would be too small a sacrifice to make.