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  • Yellow Sky

    Yellow Sky

    ★★★

    The first half of Yellow Sky is compelling, atypical and psychologically rich. A bank robbery occurs and a chase ensues, horses racing at breakneck speed across the visually-striking salt flats, the pounding of their hooves in sync with the pounding of viewers' hearts. Tense, exciting, edge-of-your-saddle stuff. This thrilling introduction soon transitions into a tale of survival: parched cowboys sweating interpersonal conflicts under the scorching desert sun. Canteen whiskey, diminishing water, no refuge in sight. A cast of black hats,…

  • Lust in the Dust

    Lust in the Dust

    ★★★

    The mere presence of cult icon Divine is enough to misconceive viewers into thinking that this western spoof is the work of John Waters -- a misconception likely bolstered by the appearance of Polyester co-star Tab Hunter. It's fascinating to think what could have been had Waters not declined the opportunity to direct Lust in the Dust. Instead of the button-pushing anarchic energy of John Waters, we get Roger Corman disciple Paul Bartel, who might be odd and kinky, but…

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  • Le Cercle Rouge

    Le Cercle Rouge

    ★★★★

    There are many reasons to fall in love with a movie. Maybe you're able to relate to the characters on a deeply personal level. Maybe the movie stimulates you intellectually or emotionally. Maybe, like a ride at a carnival, you find the movie enormously entertaining and fun. Or maybe, in the case of Le Cercle Rouge, the movie is so effortlessly cool, so assured and stylish and elegant in its approach, that you feel more like a badass just for…

  • The Lair of the White Worm

    The Lair of the White Worm

    ★★★½

    If you're the anal type prone to getting technicalities tangled in your hemorrhoids, The Lair of the White Worm isn't about vampires . . . but it's totally about vampires. Based on a Bram Stoker novel of the same name (wait, he wrote something besides Dracula?), the tale revolves around a mythical snake-like creature, the d'Ampton worm, and the immortal priestess who worships the monster like a god and throws the occasional human sacrifice down its deep, cavernous wormhole. The…