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Review: Mesrine: Public Enemy #1
Vincent Cassel is bigger and badder in Public Enemy #1 , which covers the seven years leading to bank robber Jacques Mesrine’s gory death in 1979.
Cassel fights the power once more
| September 03, 2010
The definition of film noir has become elastic through the years. Of the five movies included in the MFA’s series “Rialto’s Best of British Film Noir” only two, strictly speaking, are noirs: Brighton Rock, Graham Greene & Terence Rattigan’s adaptatio
And mostly masterpieces, at the Museum of Fine Arts from June 2-13.
| May 28, 2010
The trouble with Shia? He’s no Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, or Cary Grant.
A credulity-be-damned plot
| October 02, 2008
What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
| August 13, 2008
The medium is the movie
In almost every movie you go to these days you’ll see another screen — a television, a computer, even another movie screen — within the screen you’re watching.
In new films, truth is fluid — and controlled by the click of a button
| March 05, 2008
Granted, Sweeney Todd is a grim, violent, misanthropic musical.
‘Film Culture’ in 2007
| December 17, 2007
The Iraq War movies are starting to resemble the war itself: miscalculated, mishandled, unpopular, and with no end in sight. Scialfa
The camera war
| November 14, 2007
In 1989, filmmaker Brian De Palma directed the potent Hollywood feature Casualties of War , taking his audience back in time to a vile true-life incident from Vietnam.
History repeats in De Palma’s Redacted
| November 13, 2007
American Gangster , Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Mark Jacobson’s New York magazine article about ’70s Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas, is as generic as the title.
Ridley Scott packages American Gangster
| October 31, 2007
Armies of the light
Maybe the trauma of another intractable war has sparked the movies’ recent interest in ’60s headliners.
Norman Mailer’s primal screen at the HFA
| September 18, 2007
Let’s just say Brian De Palma’s Scarface has a lot to answer for.
Ineptitude and idiocy
| August 29, 2007
At times Brian De Palma shows signs of the genius some attribute to him. Watch the trailer for The Black Dahlia (QuickTime)
Brian De Palma makes a mess of The Black Dahlia
| February 20, 2007
Some years ago in these pages Mark Moses wrote that he couldn’t imagine there was ever a time when “My Girl” didn’t exist — even though he was born before the song was recorded.
Ennio Morricone, Radio City Music Hall, February 3, 2007
| February 05, 2007
New to DVD: December, 20 2006
Plus the Black Dahlia and The Last Kiss .
The Descent, Factotum, Jackass: Number Two
NEW TO DVD
| December 19, 2006
So that’s how World War II started.
Hits and misses
PETER KEOUGH AND PAUL BABIN
| September 22, 2006
Pedro, Borat, and a castrato
As usual, dedicated film critics were too occupied seeing four or five movies a day to note the swarm of A-list celebrities at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival.
The 31st Toronto International Film Festival
| September 20, 2006
Black and blond
She didn’t need an excuse to go out that night. Body dabble: Brian DePalma makes a mess of The Black Dahlia . By Peter Keough Dead flowers: James Ellroy on the movie and the obsession. By Peter Keough
The hideous sorority of Hollywood’s Black Dahlia and Boston’s Swedish nanny
| September 18, 2006
Like the adrenaline shot that invigorates one of his characters, television wunderkind J.J. Abrams’s stab at the billion-dollar Tom Cruise spy franchise briefly gets your heart pounding, only to ultimately fail at bringing much-needed life to the latest
Mission: Impossible III will self-destruct in 7500 seconds
| May 05, 2006
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