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Sweet Karma

Catch up with ‘Karma’


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Rod Lott
You could count the number of Playboy Playmates who actually can act on, er, one hand.
 
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Passion Play

When not even Megan Fox can summon ‘Passion,’ uh-oh.


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Rod Lott
If Mickey Rourke keeps taking roles like the jazz trumpeter Nate in "Passion Play," he'll find his post-Oscar nominee career comeback over as quickly as Burt Reynolds'.
 
Monday, June 6, 2011

Marlowe

James Garner does Raymond Chandler, and quite well


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Rod Lott
Recently, I received a thank-you note via email that concluded with the sentence, “Anyone coming from the home state of James Garner can’t be all bad.”
 
Monday, June 6, 2011

Defiance

There goes the neighborhood, at a snail’s pace


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Rod Lott
Perhaps AIP’s answer to “Death Wish,” “Walking Tall” and “The Warriors,” 1980’s “Defiance” feels late to the vigilante party.
 
Friday, June 3, 2011

The Cat o' Nine Tails

Get whipped with another hi-def slice of Dario Argento.


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Rod Lott
Blue Underground continues its all-aces reissues of Dario Argento's work on Blu-ray with his sophomore film, 1971's "The Cat o' Nine Tails."
 
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Big Bang

Not-bad thriller needs more zip


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Rod Lott
Sienna Guillory, yes. That's my review of "The Big Bang" in three words.
 
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Smile Jenny, You’re Dead

A compelling crime drama, even decades later


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Rod Lott
How ironic for this made-for-TV movie to sport “Smile” in its (incorrectly punctuated) title, because for network television — especially in 1974 — it’s remarkably morose.
 
Friday, May 13, 2011

The Ambulance

Sly, entertaining thriller


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Rod Lott
Larry Cohen comes up with some of the best ideas in Hollywood.
 
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Poor Pretty Eddie

Tough stuff, from the drive-in to your door


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Rod Lott
If Cultra's Blu-ray/DVD combo-pack release of Al Adamson's "Carnival Magic" had you thirsty for more affordable, remastered obscurities, start writing your thank-you notes and pick up "Poor Pretty Eddie."
 
Monday, May 9, 2011

The Caller

A kooky, ooky, little-seen thriller that's not worth much


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Rod Lott
* Ring ring! * "Hello?" "Hi, it's the 1987 film 'The Caller.' May I waste 97 minutes of your time?"
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I Saw the Devil

Staggeringly good, alive with color, tension and dread.


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Rod Lott
If you don't mind subtitles and have a strong stomach, "I Saw the Devil" may be the best thriller you'll see all year.
 
Monday, May 2, 2011

Cop Hater

Book this ‘87th Precinct’ adaptation into your schedule


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Rod Lott
In 1992, Ice-T had "Cop Killer"; in 1957, MGM had "Cop Hater." My, how times have changed.
 
Thursday, April 28, 2011

Black Death

Works more often than not, despite glacial pacing


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Rod Lott
Pestilence, witches, necromancy — “Black Death” should be more fun than it is.
 
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Street Kings 2: Motor City

A just-meh effort that runs on two flat tires


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Rod Lott
I watched a terrific cop movie this week.
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt / While the City Sleeps

Enjoyable slices of old-school noir the way it should be


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Rod Lott
In 1956, three years after helming the film-noir classic “The Big Heat,” director Fritz Lang returned to the genre for a pair of films that prove to be his final for America: “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” and “While the City Sleeps.”
 
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
 
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