Crime

Stockholm (2018)

The term “Stockholm Syndrome” where the captured feel an affinity with and identify with their captors (think of Patty Hearst for instance), has been around in the media so long one might pause to wonder where it came from. The hostage comedy/drama Stockholm portrays the “absurd but true story” that coined the term. As absurd …

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The Girl in the Spider’s Web

In this outing, Claire Foy slips (unconvincingly) into goth über-hacker Lisbeth’s tats and piercings, lacking any of the edge with which Noomi Rapace infused the character in the original Girl films. Where Rapace’s Lisbeth – and even, to some extent, Rooney Mara’s later, if less-successful, interpretation of the character – was all unflinchingly steely determination …

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Detroit

I won’t be the first to tell you that director Kathryn Bigelow knows her way around filming extremely intense sequences. From her praised war films The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, she now turns her lens on a homeland war. An infamous incident during the race riots in Detroit in 1967 takes center stage …

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Good Time

In Good Time, you rarely see Robert Pattinson’s fangy smile to remind us of his vampiric teen idol years. As Connie, he is twitchy, shaggy, and completely devoted to his brother Nick (Benny Safdie) who has been arrested as a result of their botched bank robbery. Connie is sharp as a tack, and Nick less …

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I, Tonya

In the early 90s, I loved watching ice skating. There was Tonya Harding, a “local” girl to us Northwesterners, who seemingly scratched and clawed her way to become one of the top U.S. skaters. Her athletic skills were undeniable. To see her prep in the seconds before a huge jump with grim determination, before exploding …

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