Browsing: Crime

Reviews Spotlight

With the crispness of a freshly printed newspaper, Spotlight reflects both the precision in reporting required by the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigative journalism team as well as the depth of the groundbreaking stories they uncover. In many ways, the film has the feel of diving into the ink of a long-form newspaper…

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Eighteen years ago, Quentin Tarantino followed up his smash break-out hit Pulp Fiction with a cooler-received adaptation (his only to date) of Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch retitled Jackie Brown. For some reason, many critics and fans didn’t take to this film…

Reviews Goodfellas

Back in 1994, I was a 13-year-old kid who was just starting to realize I loved movies for more than just entertainment. I was watching as much as I could when I saw a film that completely changed how I view movies: Goodfellas. I taped it from whatever movie…

Reviews Black Mass

The story of James “Whitey” Bulger is a sordid and sad one. Known as one of the most ruthless gangsters in American history, his reputation and his crimes landed him at the top of the FBI’s Most Wanted list until he was supplanted by no less than Osama bin Laden…

Reviews Black Mass

Go ahead. Call it a comeback. After cratering with Mortdecai and a string of near misses or outright flops, Johnny Depp – or to be more accurate, his career – was in desperate straights, floundering on poorly chosen roles and overly mannered, dubiously performed…

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It’s easy to spend a great deal of the running time of Six-Year Plan imagining how fine a horror film its director Santiago Candejas might make before realising that he has. Cannily crafted with minimum resources and maximum effect, this is as attention-grabbing a debut as any filmmaker could hope to make, stunningly singling out its multi-hyphenate helmer—he…

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French auteur Jacques Audiard received the Palme d’Or for his refugee thriller Dheepan at this year’s Festival de Cannes. Before his big win, Audiard competed for the prestigious award twice; in 2009 with A Prophet and in 2012 with Rust and Bone. Both years the Palme d’Or went to Michael Haneke, although Audiard received the Grand Prix at the Cannes…

Reviews the connection 1

Let’s get the first question you are undoubtedly having out of the way. No, The Connection is not a French remake of The French Connection. In actuality, the title is a bit misleading. Outside of the time period and the titular heroine connection, these are two completely…

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The crime documentary has been something of a standby in pop culture for a long time. NBC’s Dateline is basically just a series of journalistically dense crime documentaries and the Investigation Discovery channel is a dispensary of fear as it recounts its multitude of violence-laced…

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