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Antonio Campos' take on the Christine Chubbock suicide is all about the stunning Rebecca Hall.



Darren Aronofsky's latest concoction can feel like Rosemary's Baby meets Apocalypse Now.

Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird" gets fine work from Soarise Ronan, but ultimately flubs the script.

Rome Adventure

Delmer Daves' 1962 film, while no "Roman Holiday" or "La Dolce Vita," possesses its own small pleasures.


A decade later David Fincher's serial killer film still stands tall as a study in administrative futility.

Phantom Thread

Paul Thomas Anderson's dives into the British fashion world of the 1950s, and creates an difficult romance.

American Made

Tom Cruise is in top form in Doug Liman's sly take on the life and times of one Barry Seal.


John Carroll Lynch's ode to veteran American actor Harry Dean Stanton is a small-town masterpiece.


It Comes at Night

Trey Edward Shults' low budget thriller links a killer plague with human mistrust and fear wins out.


Double Indemnity

Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck are gifted actors but they can't dance the sizzle.

Date: 1974
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway


Roman Polanski’s defining noir is exceptional because screenwriter Robert Towne (“Bonnie and Clyde,” “Tequila Sunrise”) tells a credible story. LA cop-turned- detective Jack Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by a woman to spy on her cheating husband. Gittes is lax and disillusioned. He hardly convinces his himself, let alone his clients. But when Gittes embarrassingly discovers the woman in his office wasn’t the real Evelyn Mulwray, he’s kicked into gear. The actual Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) demands he drop the case. Intrigued by her, he’s won't. The deeper he probes, the more 1930s L.A. seems like what it was, a frontier morass of special interests and skimming. Every performance is classy, and even Polanski gets involved. It’s all silk, smoke, and heartbreak, with Nicholson and Dunaway doing some of the best work of their careers. See this on a double-bill with “L.A. Confidential.”

Reviewed by: Claude Xavier-Garri
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