Child 44 – Quickie Review

Bleak story about the investigation of a child murderer in Stalin-era Russia. Based on a fictional book which was inspired by true events. Too many subplots get in the way of what could have been a decent procedural. The first cut of the film was 5 1/2 hours long so there may have been some …

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Hannibal (2001) – Quickie Review

Outside of Hannibal Rising, this is easily the weakest entry in the Hannibal Lecter film lore. And nowhere nearly as good as the TV series that shares its name. However, Hopkins is as chilling as ever. A handful of graphic scenes and makeup help raise it up a bit, but all in all, the suspense isn’t there and …

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Interview, The (1998) – Quickie Review

This movie is stunning. The most exciting film where nothing happens. It’s a cat and mouse chase movie without the chase. Completely dialogue driven. It feels like a filmed play set in an interrogation room. So many twists and turns. Is he the killer? Is he not? Fantastic performances especially from Hugo Weaving who is …

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Collateral – Quickie Review

Beautifully filmed Michael Mann movie. L.A. should definitely get character billing. Moody, taut, nicely paced. Cruise makes a great baddie.