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  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★½

    In prison awaiting execution, Ben Harper (Peter Graves) asks his cellmate, “Preacher” Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum), what religion he professes. Powell’s answer: “The religion the Almighty and me worked out betwixt us.” What it comes down to for Powell is a religion of personal profit with a Christian veneer. Powell wasn’t the first to use Christianity to con the gullible, and he’s definitely not the last, as many current examples attest. But as Powell, Mitchum’s version of the con man…

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★★½

    Fun movie with lots of villains to go around. My favorite moment: when Marla (Rosamund Pike) has the presence of mind to preserve her lost tooth in a jug of milk. You never know when those random life skills will come in handy.

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  • The Quiet American

    The Quiet American

    ★★★★

    The Quiet American is a superb adaptation of Graham Greene's 1955 novel about French Indochina. At the center of the story are a murder mystery and a love triangle, set in the context of the last days of the French colonial war in Vietnam and the beginning of American involvement there.

    The movie features an excellent, Oscar-nominated performance by Michael Caine as Thomas Fowler, an English journalist in Saigon. With his wife back in England, Fowler is enjoying life with…

  • Le Bonheur

    Le Bonheur

    ★★★

    Happiness. Idyllic. Until it's not. Unless you're François. Then whatever happens, you're still happy.