• Kid Galahad

    Kid Galahad

    Enjoyable if clichéd '30s Warner Brothers fare about a handsome, cornfed young boxer who eventually appeals to the better nature of a cynical promoter played by Edward G. Robinson. It's predictable stuff ---- you can pinpoint the moment when a spinning newspaper montage will make an appearance -- and the fight scenes often look unconvincingly staged.

    Still, it's hard to dislike any film where Robinson and Bogart face each other down in smoky rooms and sweaty gyms, snarling and chomping…

  • Shadow of a Doubt

    Shadow of a Doubt

    It's all about Joseph Cotten. He's both seething with menace + disconcertingly sexy as the beloved, urbane visiting uncle. The almost-gothic sexual intrigue absolutely elevates this, and Hitch plays it -- and the foreboding - just right.

  • A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Finally saw this. An anti-capitalist parable with stern fidelity to '81 New York. A texture and colour palette - yellows, greens, and greys - that instinctively feels right. Offices and rooms are dotted with patterns of swirling dust and light, faces half-shrouded in shadow, double-breasted camel overcoats swing over shoulders.

    In a scene near the end, in the snow, when Isaac plugs up a hole in his oil barrel — might be a touch literal for some. If there’s a…

  • The Candidate

    The Candidate

    A film which has all the specificity that comes from being written by political advisers + pundits. Guys who know the rat race, the publicity, and the day-to-day grind of running an unpopular campaign.

    Redford is easily the film’s best asset — as a Bobby Kennedy-like politician. His unreadability is a great factor, allowing us, and his potential constituents, to project essentially what we like onto him. One of the women at the voting booth: ‘All my neighbors are voting…