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Sep 28 2017

American Made

American Made has got to be one of the most perverse films I’ve seen this year, and I mean it as a positive. That’s “perverse,” not “perverted,” by the way. “Perverse” in the way that what we’re watching is meant to be a man’s illicit life, yet we’re laughing savagely at it. Those of you […]
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Feb 4 2016

Pride + Prejudice + Zombies

In many ways, the 19th century-set “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is more satirical of the current YA trend than it is of Jane Austen’s novel. Its star, Cinderella-turned-brunette Lily James, is indeed the young warrior type that we’ve seen in the “Divergent” and “Hunger Games” series, but her character’s intellect, as written by Austen, remains fully intact. […]
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Sep 22 2015

Black Mass

The new gangster biopic “Black Mass” is a great opportunity for another extensive Johnny Depp transformation, but I’d take his more engaging “Donnie Brasco” any day of the week. In both films, as in most mob pictures, the concept of loyalty is front and center: in “Brasco”, Depp’s real-life deep cover agent was conflicted over […]
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Sep 22 2014

A Walk Among the Tombstones

“A Walk Among the Tombstones” isn’t the big, super-graphic, non-stop shoot-’em-up that Liam Neeson fans had been hoping for (but were mostly deprived of) in the “Taken” movies. It’s something surprisingly better: a moody, sometimes disturbing noir thriller that hews closer to David Fincher than it does to Luc Besson. Though the body count isn’t […]
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Oct 2 2013

Rush

“Rush”, which follows the real-life rivalry of Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during their rise to stardom in the mid-‘70s, is almost the perfect balance between a big budget racing movie and observant, character-driven indie picture. While it might not reinvent the wheel, so to speak, this exceptionally cast, beautifully lensed film, […]
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