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  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★½

    CinemaScope Noir. Tagline - Someone Will Kill This Girl Tonight!

    Not Very Noir. Five years earlier, this drawingroom drama would have been filmed in small screen b&w. But the year is 1954 and film audiences are staying home with their new-fangled little black boxes. So a big budget studio like 20th Century Fox takes what amounts to an "Ellery Queen in Manhattan" plot, gussies it up in lavish color, stretches the screen to Cinemascope length, loads up the marquee with…

  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    ★★★

    The drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border.

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  • Rampage

    Rampage

    ★★½

    This kind of movie doesn't lend itself to my usual review. Not enough fun bonus items.

    1. Dwayne Johnson is not a scientist. This is right up there with Denise Richards as nuclear physicist, Dr. Christmas Jones in the James Bond movie - The World Is Not Enough (1999)
    2. It's plenty Rampagey enough
    3. I didn't know it was based on a video game

    Airplane trivia:
    The plane referred to as Warthog is the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II…

  • The Captive City

    The Captive City

    ★★★

    Crusading Newspaper Noir and Ripped from the Headlines Noir.

    Tagline: Violence! Vice! Corruption!

    When newspaper editor John Forsythe and wife rush into the police station with an urgent tale told in flashback, I thought of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). In fact, there are a number of similarities between the two films. Here, however, the menace is not seeds from outer space but plain old organized crime. The story is told in grippingly fluent fashion by versatile director Robert…