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  • Gold

    Gold

    ★★★½

    Gold is an entertaining caper film involving modern-day prospectors who discover a gold mine in Indonesia. The story is rather slow in the telling as it teaches you more about the mining industry than you'd probably ever need to know. A tighter script would have improved it immensely. The main attraction here, however, is not the story so much as McConaughey's acting. Here he's definitely aiming for a spot in the cinematic pantheon next to DeNiro by getting fat, uglying…

  • The Lost City of Z

    The Lost City of Z

    ★★★★

    I probably would have liked this better had I not read the book. That's not to say the book is better; in fact the opposite is true. James Gray's film is much more compelling than the book it's based on. The writers wisely focused solely on the story of explorer Percy Fawcett and didn't waste time with the contemporary adventurers who tried to follow in his footsteps. The result is a good old-fashioned period adventure film. However, with its overwhelmingly…

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  • The Lost World

    The Lost World

    ★★★

    Beyond the basic premise of dinosaurs in South America, the plot of this adaptation bears little resemblance to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original novel, but it does manage to evoke the general atmosphere of the story. Claude Rains captures the blustery arrogance of Professor Challenger, Conan Doyle's sci-fi hero. Performances by the rest of the cast are pretty dismal, except for maybe Fernando Lamas as a creepy, guitar-wielding helicopter pilot.

    Instead of using claymation for the dinosaurs, the special effects…

  • The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon

    ★★★★½

    Bogart is at his best in this classic proto-noir thriller. For a guy who played so many anti-heroes, his portrayal of Sam Spade may just be his anti-est. It's a joy to watch a movie with so many despicable yet magnetic characters. The rest of the cast is phenomenal as well, and the rapid-fire dialogue is some of the best of its era. If the film has a flaw, it may be that it's TOO talky. Would it have killed…