Tagged: crime

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Cherry: Artificially Flavored, by David Bax

At the end of Cherry, a title card pops up reading, “A Russo Brothers Movie.” The word choice there is a fitting summation of the directors’ entertainment-first ethos. Their relentlessly larger-than-life inclusions–red tinting, swooping cameras, massive text superimpositions–occasionally serve a...

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The White Tiger: Predator/Prey, by David Bax

The White Tiger is the cheekiest movie of director Ramin Bahrani’s career. It even has one of those in media res, freeze frame, “Yup, that’s me, you’re probably wondering…” type of openings. But there’s a dark side to the playfulness....

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Promising Young Woman: Squandered, by David Bax

In comedy, there’s this term “clapter.” It describes what happens when a comedian gains an audience’s approval by declaring something with which they are sure to agree instead of by saying funny things. The audience claps instead of laughing. Comedians...

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Let Him Go: Unforgiven, by David Bax

Generally, the “Western” category of movies refers to those that take place in hard-bitten, arid landscapes where the Industrial Age hasn’t quite arrived yet. Thomas Bezucha’s Let Him Go doesn’t meet the temporal requirement, taking place sometime around 1960. But...

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Monday Movie: Beverly Hills Cop, by David Bax

Recently, for this sporadic, nebulously defined column, I wrote (not entirely favorably) about Penny Marshall’s Jumpin’ Jack Flash. It got me thinking about a movie from a couple years earlier, one whose success was no doubt a partial inspiration for...