Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers Age of UltronAvengers: Age of Ultron: Joss Whedon delivers a somewhat peculiar beast: it is entertaining enough, and Continue reading

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Out of the Past (1947)

Out of the PastOut of the Past: Jacques Tourneur delivers a very solid noir; the story hits all the usual points with a lot of class. Continue reading

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Casa Grande

Casa GrandeCasa Grande: Fellipe Barbosa’s film has an intriguing starting point; however, Continue reading

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Laura (1944)

LauraLaura: Otto Preminger spins a good, engaging yarn, an elegant mix of noir and romance. Much of the air of Continue reading

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Lady in the Lake

Lady in the LakeLady in the Lake: Robert Montgomery’s film is marred by its stylistic choice of telling it in first person. The choice Continue reading

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The Wire – Series

The WireThe Wire: every once in a while, something comes up that forbids one to be coy about it; in that spirit, Continue reading

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Murder, My Sweet

Murder My SweetMurder, My Sweet: Edward Dmytryk creates a competent, if ultimately unspectacular, noir; the plot is appropriately convoluted, Continue reading

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Furious 7

Furious 7Furious 7: it would be overly generous to say that James Wan is telling a good story (as much as it would be naïve to expect it to be one); Continue reading

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A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent YearA Most Violent Year: J. C. Chandor presents a taut, thrilling film; while its story is small, specific to a particular time and place, it Continue reading

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Cinderella (2015)

Cinderella (2015)Cinderella: for better or for worse, Kenneth Branagh pays as much respect to the original material in this film as he did to Shakespeare early in his film career; Continue reading

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