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Capsule Movie Review: Risky Business (1983)

Risky Business Coming-of-Age Drama | 98 Minutes | 1983 | United States * * * * Joel (Tom Cruise), a teenager coming towards the end of his time in high school, lives with his parents in a leafy Chicago suburb. He is good-looking and his parents are wealthy, but they are also demanding, and he subsumes a fluent strain of existential angst with worry…

Capsule Movie Review: Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Punch-Drunk Love Romantic Comedy | 95 Minutes | 2002 | United States * * * * * Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) owns a warehouse which manufactures and sells novelty goods – toilet plungers with supposedly non-breakable handles and so on – but channels all of his hopes into one venture: having carried out his research diligently, and as far as the vagaries of the promotion…

September Film: The Stranger Analysis

The Stranger was the third Orson Welles directorial effort to see the light of day and the dark of cinema screens, following Citizen Kane (1941) and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). Production lasted from late September until 21 November 1945, with the picture released the following July. Welles’ earliest take on film noir – preceding The Lady from Shanghai (1947), and Touch of Evil…

September Film: The Stranger (1946)

  The Stranger 95 minutes | 2 July 1946 | United States ‘Set in Connecticut after World War II, The Stranger is a cat and mouse game between Wilson (Edward G. Robinson), a member of the Allied War Crimes Commission and Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a Nazi who has assumed the false identity of Dr. Charles Rankin. To complete his new intelligentsia disguise,…

The Birds (1963): ‘Risseldy Rosseldy’

A couple of early incidents featuring agitated lone gulls – a swift strike as Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) prepares to dock her motorboat, and another which annihilates itself in the Brenner front door – progress into a fully-fledged attack on Cathy Brenner’s (Veronica Cartwright) birthday party, as the youngster celebrates turning twelve. Later that evening a swarm of sparrows invade the Brenner home through…

Capsule Movie Review: McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

McCabe & Mrs. Miller Anti-Western | 121 Minutes | 1971 | United States * * * * * In 1902 an inscrutable gambler, John McCabe (Warren Beatty), arrives in the fledgling town of Presbyterian Church in the northwestern United States. A hazy rumour has him as a gunslinger, and McCabe uses innuendo and disorder to quickly assert his position in the town,…

Capsule Movie Review: Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Million Dollar Baby Sports Drama | 132 minutes | 2004 | United States * * Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), from southwest Missouri, has worked as a waitress from her early teens. Stuck in grim poverty, she seeks a way beyond her circumstances, and determines to become a boxer. She turns up at a worn-down Los Angeles gym, owned and run by Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) with the…

Capsule Movie Review: How to Steal a Million (1966)

How to Steal a Million Heist Comedy | 123 Minutes | 1966 | United States * * * Nicole Bonnet (Audrey Hepburn) is the daughter of an art forger, who has collected so many supposed masterpieces that he has won considerable renown in the world of art. Approached by the Kléber-Lafayette Museum, he proudly loans to this illustrious Paris institution (occupying the building…

Capsule Movie Review: Young Adult (2011)

Young Adult Black Comedy | 94 Minutes | 2011 | United States * * * * * Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron), a 37-year-old ghostwriter for a series of young adult novels soon to be cancelled, returns to her small Minnesota hometown, angling to hook up with her old high school flame, who is married and has just become a father. Her…