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  • Life Itself 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Feb, 2015

    "James' film ultimately succeeds in striking the right balance between analysis of Ebert as professional writer, document of him as a cancer patient, and exploration of him as an individual... Thanks to James' steady hand and Ebert's willingness to allow the director to make the film he himself would want to see, Life Itself is a fitting and well-crafted chronicle of one of the important voices of 20th Century culture". Read my full review of Life Itself at Film Intel

  • The Manchurian Candidate 1962

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Feb, 2015

    "Frank Sinatra as haunted Korean War veteran Major Bennett Marco gets better and better as the story unfolds... also managing to deliver a (perhaps unexpectedly) solid martial-arts-infused fight sequence into the bargain. Angela Lansbury as Raymond's mother Eleanor delivers a masterclass in manipulation... keeping you guessing as to her true motivations for as long as the story allows. [Laurence] Harvey as Raymond is the standout here, however, making the character by turns disagreeably aloof, unsettlingly robotic, and yet unquestionably sympathetic to the very end." Read my full review of The Manchurian Candidate at Film Intel

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