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  • Hour of the Gun

    Hour of the Gun

    A decade on, the righteous machismo of GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL has curdled into the mixture of obsession and disillusionment that drives this sequel. It reflects its late '60s vintage with its portrait of Earp as a lawman so burnt out by rich-man manipulations that he turns to cold-blooded vigilantism. Garner does an impressive about-face from his usual low-key charm here as the embittered hero and Robards seems to be doing a warmup for his work in ONCE UPON…

  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

    Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

    This may not be the most factual account of the Earp/Holliday partnership but it's the most macho, the kind of bromance that would make Peckinpah sit up and pay attention. Uris's script is almost like a soap opera designed for men, alternating tragic romances with a string of machismo-driven duels. Sturges directs in his smoothly-paced, artfully constructed style that defines his classic work - the final shootout is one of the all-time greats - and the bracingTiomkin score anticipates spaghetti…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    The multiplex filmgoing event of the year for me: it was a rare thrill to see something this wild, willfully weird and confrontational in a general audience setting at the local mall. Aronofsky uses all the tools of modern Hollywood filmmaking and the language of horror cinema to assault the audience and he does so with a sure, steady hand from start to finish. Maybe gets a bit literal with his metaphors at the very end but his work is…

  • My Bloody Valentine

    My Bloody Valentine

    The sturdiest of all classic-era slashers, with a well-constructed script that keeps the mystery going up to the final moments and an effective blend of suspense and drama. The adult characters are a nice break from the typical teenage protagonists, the romantic triangle subplot is better-drawn than usual and the mining town setting gives it a believable, lived-in blue collar vibe. The direction is also strong, with a convincingly creepy atmosphere and a strong final half-hour that culminates in one…