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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

You'll like it, but it's not the same as the others


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Rod Lott
Sweden's crime-film phenomenon comes to a close with "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," the third and presumably final entry in the trilogy that began with "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Girl Who Played with Fire."
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Operation C.I.A.

Obscure but charming, plus Burt Reynolds!


Thriller

Rod Lott
Remember when Burt Reynolds used to kick ass? No? Well, he did, and you should rent "Deliverance" for solid proof, not to mention just a damn fine film. 
 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Love at First Kill

Benign, but still a kick to watch


Thriller

Rod Lott
From the title, you'd expect "Love at First Kill" to be a rather benign thriller. And it is, but bear with it, because it's oddly a kick to watch.
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Night Must Fall

Dated, curious, and over-the-top


Thriller

Rod Lott
I'm sure "Night Must Fall" was quite the spine-tingler in 1937. Today, it's amusing to watch, but instead of being on the edge of your seat, you may be settled back in it, not counting a few bathroom breaks in its overlong two hours. 
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Map of the Sounds of Tokyo


Thriller

Rod Lott
Its plot may be grim, but "Map of the Sounds of Tokyo" is a feast for the eyes — beautifully, exquisitely, sumptuously shot by cinematographer Jean Claude Larrieu and director/writer Isabel Coixet.
 
Friday, January 14, 2011

The Hessen Conspiracy


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Rod Lott
 I love how the cover for "The Hessen Conspiracy" is designed to remind renters of "The Bourne Identity." I do not, however, love "The Hessen Conspiracy" (known overseas as "The Hessen Affair").
 
Friday, January 14, 2011

The Window


Thriller

Rod Lott
Remember the fable about the boy who cried wolf?
 
Friday, January 14, 2011

The Outfit


Thriller

Rod Lott
Three guys hit a bank in Wichita belonging to a crime syndicate. The syndicate hits back by killing one of them in cold blood.
 
Friday, January 14, 2011

Buried


Thriller

Rod Lott
In the extra features for "Buried," star Ryan Reynolds theorizes that if Alfred Hitchcock were alive to see the script for this film, he would've made it.
 
Thursday, January 13, 2011

11 Harrowhouse


Thriller

Rod Lott
From 1974, the caper "11 Harrowhouse" is an obscure gem about stealing gems.
 
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Alarm


Thriller

Rod Lott
 Imagine David Fincher's "Panic Room" being plastered with Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," and you have the Irish thriller "Alarm," more or less.
 
Thursday, January 13, 2011

And Soon the Darkness

 
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Exam

 
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Eye of the Devil

 
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

 
Thursday, November 18, 2010
 
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