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Texarkana Tornado Pierce (The Legend of Boggy Creek) used the real-life events of the 1946 Texarkana Moonlight Murders as the basis for his sui generis semi-documentary horror/thriller, shot on location in Texas-Arkansas border towns and largely cast with local nonprofessionals. The spell of postwar optimism and Rockwellian smalltown civic pride is shattered when a hooded serial killer decides to make the local lover’s lane his hunting ground, and Texas Ranger Captain J.D. Morales (Ben Johnson, in a great late role)…

Chloë Sevigny, Connie Nielsen, and Gina Gershon are sleek rival agents playing games of cloak and dagger skullduggery, vying for a piece of a Japanese company on the cutting edge of animated 3D pornography. The glassy, glossy surfaces of this prescient thriller are offset by a raw, ragged Sonic Youth soundtrack, as boardroom poise threatens to give way to open savagery in a narrative that glides from Paris to Tokyo to backwater Mexico to the American suburbs, all with the speed of a broadband signal.

Part of Assayas X8

De Palma’s ultra-violent, ultra-quotable, ultra-colorful, ultra-everything remake of Howard Hawks’s gangster classic is the crass, visually loud flip-side to the sober, muted The Godfather, a massively deranged and gleefully disreputable tale of the rise and plunging downfall of a Cuban immigrant turned Miami drug kingpin. Al Pacino throws himself into the title role with the fury of an angry Rottweiler, while Michelle Pfeiffer glowers gorgeously in her breakthrough role as his trophy wife. Featuring cinema’s second most shocking shower scene,…

When the Mariah Carey-loving daughter of the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles is kidnapped, straitlaced Hong Kong cop Jackie Chan flies into town to help with the investigation, only to be paired with Chris Tucker’s hot-dogging LAPD detective, assigned to keep this interfering outsider supercop out of the way of the FBI. A shopworn odd-couple buddy cop setup, but when you’ve got two stars with as much chemistry and charisma as Chan and Tucker, who cares? A stirring Lalo Schifrin…

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metrograph screening

I cussin' love this movie.

Q&A with editor Andrew Weisblum @ Metrograph

The Sting

The Sting

★★★★½

Paul Newman's undershirt/overalls/hat combination is truly an outfit of all time

God damn this movie is perfect
Visually beautiful 
Brilliant acting
Paul newman steals the show as per usual