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Thrillers

To Catch a Thief

Cary Grant and ravishing Grace Kelly make the French Riviera a place to remember.

Dial M for Murder

Rarely has their been a more accomplished and suave villain that Hitchcock's Ray Milland.

The Two Faces of January

A Patricia Highsmith novel gets creditable treatment in Hossein Amini's debut film.

Science Fiction

Coherence

A close-by comet causes all manner of human unsettling in the mind of James Ward Byrkit.

Under the Skin

Jonathan Glazer strays far afield of a bizarre novel and ends up getting lost.

The Zero Theorem

When Terry Gilliam strikes out you can hear the sound waves a galaxy away.

Edge of Tomorrow (Live Die Repeat)

The reset button gets a boost in a sci-fi thriller that lets Tom Cruise mock Tom Cruise.

Godzilla

Gareth Edward's remake of Japan's favorite monster owes a nuclea debt Fukayama.

The Signal

Director William Eubank's engrossing sci-fi focuses on the risks of knowing too much.

Fantasy

Jamie Marks is Dead

Director Carter Smith takes teen angst into a ghostly dimension, with little success.




Date: 1993
Directed by: Nanni Moretti
Starring: Nanni Moretti, Jennifer Beale

Caro Diario

Nanni Moretti’s version of Fellini’s “Roma,” though he widens the lens. Three skits bring together all that’s trenchant and whiny about Italy’s favorite leftist filmmaker. There’s a Vespa homage to Pasolini with Jennifer Beals along the way (and Keith Jarrett’s throbbing piano); a charming foray to the Aolians in which "The Bold and the Beautiful" plays a key role; finally, Moretti rants on about doctors (he had non-Hodgkins lymphoma). Warts aside, this is an irresistible Rome (and Italy) movie because all the political slings and arrows illustrate a typical Italian paradox: cynical optimism.

Reviewed by: Marcia Yarrow
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