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True to its name, this standard heist thriller is a composite of knock-offs, but when Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America is among the sources ripped off, the quality is pretty high.
A high-quality composite of knock-offs
| January 20, 2012
The films of Sergio Leone at the HFA
He's best known for his westerns, which traditionally are sagas about how civilization begins, how ruthless and cynical men rip it out of the throat of the wilderness. But the end of civilization is what really fascinated Sergio Leone, and the pois
The good, the bad, and the brilliant
| November 04, 2011
Review: I Saw the Devil
Kim Jee-woon, whose previous film was the Sergio Leone spoof The Good, the Bad, the Weird, doesn't so much parody genres as he beats them senseless with a stick - much the way his hero, special agent Kim Soo-hyeon (Lee Byung-hun), does to those who piss
Gruesome repetition is a big part of serial killing and this Korean horror film
| March 18, 2011
Review: The American
Why so many movies this year about aging secret agents? Probably to accommodate all the aging lead actors.
Gun for hire: Clooney's aim is true
| September 03, 2010
Review: The Good, The Bad, The Weird
There’s a little of each of the title qualities in Korean director Kim Jee-woon’s revision of Sergio Leone’s 1966 classic, but not enough to warrant its punishing two-hours-plus length.
East meets Western
| April 30, 2010
Annie in Wonderland
There wasn't much to know about St. Vincent when I first happened upon her in concert, in the middle of July 2007.
St. Vincent gives an otherworldly performance on Actor
| October 23, 2009
Review: Inglourious Basterds
From the beginning, Tarantino's obsessive self-referentiality and movie allusions never let you forget that you're watching a film.
Payback for Hitler in Inglourious Basterds
| August 21, 2009
Interview: Kathryn Bigelow
Although everyone makes a point of Kathryn Bigelow's gender and height and good looks, what's germane is that even if she were short and had bushy eyebrows like Martin Scorsese, she still would be directing action pictures like no one since Sam Peckin
The Hurt Locker director breaks out
| July 10, 2009
Mother of Tears: The Third Mother
Horror impresario Dario Argento rounds out his “Three Mothers” trilogy some 30 years after he titillated gore fanatics with Suspiria and Inferno .
Schlock of the finest cult caliber
| June 04, 2008
Simon Field and Keith Griffiths, who commissioned the series, found four directors who responded to the call with brilliant films.
The “New Crowned Hope” series at the MFA
| August 28, 2007
Land of the dead
Clint Eastwood does not say that war is hell. He says that war is shit. Watch the trailer for Letters from Iwo Jima (QuickTime)
Eastwood’s Japanese war epic
| February 20, 2007
In this hip-hop urban Bonnie and Clyde wanna-be, charismatic rapper/actor Tyrese ( Baby Boy , 2 Fast 2 Furious ) plays O2, a recent parolee whose efforts to go straight are derailed when a Crenshaw drug lord inadvertently kidnaps his son during a carj
A sugar buzz
| June 28, 2006
The Outback might be rough and wild, but it’s the architecture that takes a real beating in The Proposition .
Nick Cave’s loaded Proposition
| May 26, 2006
Theater of war
Saving Private Ryan reprised the glory days of GI Joes fighting nobly at Normandy, but it certainly didn’t spawn a comeback of World War II combat flicks.
The HFA brings back the good old days of combat movies
| February 02, 2006
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