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  • Cyrano

    ★★★

  • Harvey

    ★★★★

  • Moonrise

    ★★★½

  • The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

    ★★★½

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  • Kiss Me Deadly

    Kiss Me Deadly

    ★★★★★

    Sleaze has never been poured so slickly into a suit and tie as in “Kiss Me Deadly.” 

    Director Robert Aldrich heels ever met a genre he couldn’t exploit. He turned melodrama into hagsploitstion in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane,” and war epics into… Nazikillingsploitation (?) in “The Dirty Dozen.” Grim pretension stood no chance when he aimed his social and satirical lens. 

    So, in “Kiss Me Deadly,” does classic era noir fall, also, to Aldrich — done in by its…

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★★½

    The greatest fallibility of man is his capacity for forgiveness in Edmund Goulding’s “Nightmare Alley.” 

    With a star turn by Tyrone Power in a role so dark that it could be a black hole, “Alley” was a flop on release for transforming Hollywood’s favorite swashbuckler into an irredeemable spiritualist con man. 

    At least, he -should- be irredeemable. 

    “Alley” remains fixed in the canon of essential noirs for dabbling in a different sort of grimness. Power’s scheming sociopath has no actual…

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  • Cyrano

    Cyrano

    ★★★

    To laugh in the face of Joe Wright’s vision of love is to reject a handmade Valentine’s Day card from your second grade crush. 

    That card might have candy that comes slightly melted. It perhaps commits a bit too hard to its own shabbiness, when a store bought “Aladdin” card would do. But, the sentiment eclipses its failings. With respect to Wright’s “Cyrano,” not all failings; though, many of them can be forgiven under threat of sentimental purity. 

    “Cyrano” wears…

  • Harvey

    Harvey

    ★★★★

    In “Harvey,” love and beauty are follies best left to fairy tales. Luckily, that’s exactly the type of film that this is. 

    Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase, “Harvey,” about the travails that a six foot tall invisible rabbit brings to a family, arrives on screen nearly intact from its original incarnation. Ears and all. 

    Written and adapted in an era when to institutionalise a person meant removing them from public view to be left to often…

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  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★★½

    Disney, its time to come out of the closet. 

    I understand you are worried about how your family; Russia and China, will perceive you. It’s totally fair that you are concerned about them cutting you off. 

    But you have friends that will support you. 

    Friends, that, you have led along for years now. Most especially since “Frozen.” Friends who believe that you have intentions to live your truest self. 

    I have to say; someone in your position coming out would…

  • The Dig

    The Dig

    ★★★

    “The Dig” is a movie to put on while you sip tea on a comfy couch; letting it slowly lull you into a peaceful nap. 

    There’s little surprising about director Simon Stone’s film. Nothing will astonish you, nothing will shock. The entire outing; about the amateur archeological expedition of Sutton Hoo, cruises along with the assurance of an experienced cab driver going below the speed limit on a back country road. 

    The gentle aural cadences and softly-lit scenic vistas of…