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Film, Feature The Way We Die Now: Movie Violence Has Never Been Better

The Way We Die Now: Movie Violence Has Never Been Better

Part of the renascent body-count action industry, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning's mere existence might shock many Americans. "There are four Universal Soldier movies?" those shocked Americans would say. They might also be taken aback by the bracing violence that…
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Film, "Cowboys and Aliens": Western-Sci-Fi Mashup Sounds More Exciting Than It Is

"Cowboys and Aliens": Western-Sci-Fi Mashup Sounds More Exciting Than It Is

We begin in classic, saddle-sore terrain. A lone stranger with a mysterious past — Daniel Craig fills the boots here — rides into a Godforsaken town in the Arizona territory. More familiar archetypes are waiting for him there: the grizzled…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lesser-Known Nightmares

Lesser-Known Nightmares

There are no second chances in film noir. Hell, the first chance is a scam, a hundred-to-one shot, a fool’s errand or, if the sucker is lucky, a blind alley. There’s no learning from past mistakes, no returning to the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mann Made

Mann Made

"Choosing the way to die -- what's the difference? Choosing the way to live -- that's the hard part." When grinning fugitive Robert Ryan points this fact out to bounty hunter James Stewart in Anthony Mann's The Naked Spur --…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dial N for Noir

Dial N for Noir

Much of film noir's enduring appeal can be traced to its anonymity. There's something seductive about the idea of little-known postwar pulp writers in seedy hotel rooms banging out these squalid sendups of everything wholesome and good, which Hollywood's B…
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