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  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • The Godfather

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  • Payday

    ★★★½

  • The Dark Past

    ★★★

  • Cast a Dark Shadow

    ★★★½

  • Jigsaw

    ★★★★

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  • Payday

    Payday

    ★★★½

    Kind of hard to come to a verdict on this, which I take as an indication that there is something here and a reason to watch even if I’m not sure what it is. Rip Torn plays a modestly successful country singer who has the selfishness and narcissism of a bigger star without any compensating talent or charm, as soon becomes evident as we follow him and his band and hangers-on from show to show. Artistically it’s adequate but undistinguished.…

  • The Dark Past

    The Dark Past

    ★★★

    A kitchen sink drama of another sort, as in “everything but the…”. You’ve got a little Petrified Forest. You’ve got a little Marne. You’ve got a little subjective camera, just for the hell of it. And you’ve got a lot of earnest do-gooder drama. Pipe-smoking police psychiatrist Lee J. Cobb recalls in flashback the time he was held hostage by vicious killer William Holden and cured him of his homicidal tendencies, and hysterical paralysis, by analyzing his recurring dream and…

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  • Life Is Beautiful

    Life Is Beautiful

    A truly horrible film; utterly false and cynical. I have a fairly low threshold for whimsy to begin with and to see it used in the context of industrialized mass murder is appalling. It may be possible to make a good comedy about the Final Solution but I don't know how you would do it, and neither did Benigni.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    ★½

    What a triumph, combine the pointlessness of the standard, comic book, world-in-the-balance nonsense with a smirking, self-satisfied "satire" of the Bond movies and the id of a not particularly bright 14 year old boy. Colin Firth looks embarrassed to be doing what he is doing, as well he should. Samuel L. Jackson hits the same note he has hit for the past 20 years, only this time with a lisp. Why? I guess 14 year old boys think lisps are…