The route of ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ is great to good.
Thriller Phil Bacharach The Place Beyond the Pines is two-thirds of a great movie. Director Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up to 2010’s Oscar-nominated Blue Valentine
is a tense, powerful crime thriller with some weighty stuff on its
mind. It speaks to the filmmaker’s know-how that not even a crazily
contrived third act can damper its haunting power.
Thriller Rod Lott
Despite how Warner Archive has branded it, 1963’s FBI Code 98 is not — repeat: not
— film noir. All film noir is crime, but not all crime is film noir.
That vaulted subgenre requires darkness, whereas this feature is so
light and breezy, it’s practically a recruiting tool for the federal
agency. It even has its own marching music.
Action Rod Lott
Lines of cocaine, tubes of neon, Sylvester Stallone: Is this 1986 or 2013? In his first solo vehicle since his Expendables comeback, Sly shoots for a Bullet to the Head, but the action film only breaks the skin, so to speak.
Red and black antennas waving, they all do it the same.
Drama Rod Lott
Charlton Heston comes second-billed to eventual Sound of Music baroness Eleanor Parker in 1954's The Naked Jungle.
Nowhere in the credits is there room to list the true stars — or at
least the reason for watching: millions and millions of mean-ass ants.