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12 Years a Slave
Perfect 83 Points 2013

Solomon Northup has just become an iconic American hero, some fifteen and a half decades after he lived. Americans from this day forth will know his name like they know Patrick Henry’s or Harriet Tubman’s.

That’s not all. The mov…

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Bad Lieutenant:...
Great 66 Points 2009

It’s a good thing that bad blood and a bad title don’t trump brilliant execution of a perfect set-up, ‘cause otherwise Bad Lt. NOLA wouldn’t be such a wildly entertaining time at the movies. But it is. Oh man is it ever. Dark comedy gets no more grim, nor rarely as LOL funny as here. Think …

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Interview with ...
Great 66 Points 1994

Looking for a real vampire movie? Baroque, bloody, bawdy, not to mention strict with the rules, Interview with the Vampire fits the bill. Indeed, Anne Rice’s celebrated novel led to a quintessential vampire movie: star powered, obsessively detailed and expansively imagined. Even mature movie…

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WikChip Video Feast Your Fangs, er... Eyes on This
The Book of Man...
Great 66 Points 2013

Non football fans needn’t steer away from The Book of Manning, notwithstanding its status as a must-see for those of us who love America’s brutally beautiful game. That’s because this documentary about Archie Manning’s family follows the priorities he established within the family: family first,…

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The Apostle
Very Good 17 Points 1997

Robert Duvall takes bible-thumping to a new level as he adeptly leads us through the ups and downs of a preacher whose life threatens to spin out of control. Cheated on and ousted from his church, the Apostle’s journey takes us through rural Louisiana and a world of righteousness, passionate de…

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Bonnie and Clyde
Very Good 66 Points 1967

Legendary movie about legendary bank robbers fails to live up to its legend. Over-the-top performances and violence that is far from the current cutting-edge make Bonnie and Clyde somewhat of a museum piece. That said, with star power and style points to spare, the movie is worth watching for…

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American Made
Very Good 83 Points 2017

The wages of sin are very good for Tom Cruise for a very long time in American Made, a fanciful recounting of one smuggler’s blues during the 1980s cocaine explosion. It’s a very satisfying movie, with a modicum of truth, a surfeit of crazed sexiness, and a satisfactory ending when the wages of…

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Jack Reacher: N...
Very Good 83 Points 2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back improves on the 2012 origin movie by locating its story within the military world from which Reacher sprang and by limiting the ultra violence.1 That said, Tom Cruise and his supporting cast are somewhat less impressive this time out, nor is the dialog as snap-crac…

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Colombiana
Good 95 Points 2011

Take Scarface with a grain of Salt to grok Colombiana. If only this cocaine mafia thriller approached the quality of its inspirations. It’s not that it’s bad. It was perfectly fine airplane entertainment. It’s just that the story and stunts aren’t clever enough to pay off their outrageo…

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Killing Kennedy
Good 66 Points 2013

Killing Kennedy could easily be titled Kennedy’s Killer given its salutary focus on Lee Harvey Oswald. JFK we knew. It’s unfortunate then that Killing Kennedy spends time on the Leader of the Free World’s womanizing. Given 90 minutes of real runtime, bikinis take away from also understanding …

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WikChip Image Killing Kennedy brings this to life.