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Action

Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron is transformed into a fashionable action hero in a director David Leitch's thriller.

Biopics

Christine

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

Drama

Facing Windows

Director Ferzan Ozpetek's highly acclaimed 2003 film epitomizes his affection for melodramatic themes.

The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola's remake of "The Beguiled" fails to live up to its considerable promise.

Mother!

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

Rome Adventure

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

Thrillers

Double Indemnity

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

Science Fiction

The Dark Tower

Stephen King's epic saga gets a star turn from Idris Elba, but the rest is pure industrial light and magic.

Wonder Woman

Director Patty Jenkins' smart take on "Wonder Woman" is an action-movie lover's delight.

Alien: Covenant

Michael Fassbender steals the show (twice over) in director Ridley Scott's latest "Alien" prequel.




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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