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Action

The Enemy Below

Thanks to Mitchum, Jürgens and a tight script, one submarine movie always resurfaces.

Biopics

Christine

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

Love & Mercy

Bill Pohlad's tribute to Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys bites off more than it can chew.

Drama

On the Beach

Stanley Kramer's uneven post-apocalyptic film retains nerve endings from the nuclear era.

Horror

Train to Busan

Say this about Yeon Sang-ho's seemingly infinite collection of zombies: they keep on coming.

The Neon Demon

Nicolas Winding Refn's acid trip excoriation of the modeling industry is a sexual muddle.

Thrillers

The Shallows

Blake Lively and a "Jaws"-inspired shark are all the fun in this taught thriller.

Split

M. Night Shyamalan seems well on his way to a comeback movie when he loses the plot.

Science Fiction

Embers

Clare Carré's dreamy debut has lofty aims but ends up going around in tedious circles.

H.

If apocalyptic atmosphere is your cup of tea, check out Rania Attieh's and Daniel Garcia's tribute to Homeric tidings.




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

Chinatown

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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