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Border Incident Film Review
A surprisingly contemporary crime drama produced in 1949, "Border Incident" stars Ricardo Montalban as a Mexican police agent who goes undercover to capture the murderers of Mexicans working in the California agricultural industry.
Elvis and Nixon Film Review
The unlikely meeting between President Richard Nixon and pop superstar Elvis Presley is creatively re-imagined in this film from director Liza Johnson.
Haunted Screens - German Expressionism in Film
German Expressionist films, produced between 1913 and 1933, influenced American film noir and continue to inspire filmmakers, including Tim Burton and Ridley Scott. I attended a museum exhibit that displayed set designs and production stills from groundbreaking features such as "Metropolis".
Imperium Film Review
Daniel Radcliffe sheds his Harry Potter persona, and his British accent, in this disturbing drama from writer-director Daniel Ragussis. Radcliffe plays an introverted FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate the white supremacist movement and prevent an act of domestic terrorism.
Drama Movies Newsletter 1/7/17
This week's newsletter contains additional info about actor Stellan Skarsgard and his film "In Order of Disappearance". I also preview the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.
In Order of Disappearance Film Review
A typical revenge thriller is the cinematic equivalent of fast food: comforting, predictable, and instantly forgettable. “In Order of Disappearance”, a violent winter tale set amidst endless expanses of white, is more substantial fare.
Sunrise Film Review
As a child, filmmaker Partho Sen-Gupta was the victim of an attempted kidnapping. He explores the subject of missing children and the devastating effects on their parents in his rain-soaked, neo-noir film "Sunrise".
The Measure of a Man Film Review
Vincent Lindon excels in his role as an unemployed factory worker trying to maintain his dignity. Lindon earned two major awards for this film, Best Actor at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and Best Actor at the 2016 French Cesar Awards.
The Last King Film Review
A 13th century tale with biblical overtones, "The Last King" is actually based on true events that are commemorated in Norway even today. Two loyal soldiers brave the elements and enemy forces as they protect Norway's child heir to the throne.
The Meddler Film Review
Susan Sarandon plays Marnie Minervini, a warmhearted widow who decides to make an adult daughter living in Los Angeles her new hobby. Writer-director Lorene Scafaria scores with this life-affirming film based on her own experiences.
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