Articles tagged crime

Curtis Hanson’s Sunny, Sinister ‘L.A. Confidential’

The late director's sprawling adaptation remains the ultimate tabloid film noir.

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‘The Sopranos’: Mythologizing the Gangster Genre

From The Public Enemy through to Scorsese, the Sopranos family knows how to pick a bad example to follow.

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‘Sherlock’: “The Six Thatchers” Goes Beyond Disappointing Into Downright Nonsense

Holmes spends "The Six Thatchers" hoping for a better plot to unravel, and I can't blame him.

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Guilty Pleasure ‘Master’ Falls Just Short of Crime Film Mastery

Master achieves escapist fare early by heaping on layers of vulgar poetry and happily overt symbolism.

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The Working Man’s Heist in ‘The Asphalt Jungle’

The heist film finds its genesis in John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle, a top-notch and unglamorous depiction of criminal life in the city.

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Ben Affleck’s ‘Live By Night’ Is a Lax Effort at Making Sense of Complex Ideas

Live by Night is good at era-appropriate garb, but its adaptation of Dennis Lehane's story lacks anything remotely close to sizzle or scope.

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21 Dec 2016 // 9:30 AM

The “Invasion!” Crossover Event Offers the Best of the TV DC Universe

The multi-series crossover event tackles aliens and the multiverse with aplomb.

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Two Cursed Creatures: ‘The Undying Monster’ and ‘The Lodger’

John Brahm's handsome expressionist thrillers get Blu-ray upgrades.

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Keep Off: ‘Private Property’ Takes a Dip in Adult Waters

In the early '60s, Hollywood was struggling to convey the idea that people now and then have sex.

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The Fall: A Frustrating Season Still Highlights Gillian Anderson’s Brilliant Character Work

Season three of The Fall may not have lived up to the previous two seasons, but it remains a largely absorbing series.

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‘The Blacklist’ Continues to Mistake Ambiguity for Complexity

First half, too clever by half; what The Blacklist hasn't achieved this season is far more impressive than it what it has.

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‘The Blacklist’ Continues Its Slow Decline Into Mediocrity

In "Dr. Adrian Shaw (No. 98)", creator Jon Bokenkamp seems dedicated to throwing ice water on our suspension of disbelief.

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Harry Belafonte Fights Racism in ‘Odds Against Tomorrow’

By the late '50s, some Hollywood filmmakers were producing films that reflected changes in public attitudes and addressed the concerns of the nascent Civil Rights movement.

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There Are a Lot of Loose Ends to Tie-up in Season 4 of ‘The Blacklist’

There's potential for The Blacklist to get back to greatness. It has all the raw materials.

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At Least ‘Inferno’ Has Badass Vayentha Going for It

When Vayentha (Ana Ularu) removes her helmet, a stray strand of hair escapes her ponytail and falls across her very stern, very mean face. Grrr.

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The Coen Brothers’ ‘Blood Simple’ Beginnings

Don't let the word "simple" in the title fool you: even with their debut feature, the Coen Brothers were already refining their idiosyncratic calling cards.

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The Blacklist: Season 4, Episode 5 - “The Lindquist Concern (No. 105)”

Creator Jon Bokenkamp doesn't kill the ancillary characters, he just guts them of everything that makes them interesting.

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‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’, Please!

There isn’t a single moment of genuine peril in this listless action-thriller.

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‘American Pastoral’ Is Yet Another Lifeless Philip Roth Adaptation

Like so many before him, Ewan McGregor fails to do right by Philip Roth.

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The Blacklist: Season 4, Episode 4 - “Gaia”

Even at its worst, The Blacklist never seemed lazy. Until now.

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That Ribbon of Highway: Sharon Jones Re-shapes Woody Guthrie's Song

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"Sharon Jones and Woodie Guthrie knew: great songs belong to everybody.

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