Articles tagged crime

Studio Meddling Ensured That Most Never Saw the Best Version of ‘Daredevil’

In attempting to re-edit Daredevil to fit the Spider-Man mold, Fox turned a pretty decent film into a muddled mess.

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‘Baby Driver’ Really Really Wants to Be Cool, Which is Not Cool

If this seriocomic heist flick about a music-obsessed getaway driver had more on its mind than some killer tracks, it might have been a blast.

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Game Theory and Marx: ‘Narcos’ as a Capitalist Parable

Narcos depicts the narcotics industry as a form of capitalism run amok, an unending game motivating its central criminals.

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‘iZombie’s Ambitious Season 3 Tells a Big Story in Its Limited Run

Constrained by a shorter season, iZombie nevertheless goes all out on a global-scale narrative arc.

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9 Oct 2017 // 2:30 AM

An Ozarker Considers Netflix’s ‘Ozark’

The local crime boss tells a lengthy parable about the difference between a hillbilly and a redneck; the upshot being that the hillbilly is craftier and more bound to a set of principles than a redneck.

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‘Mr. Robot’: Season 2 Widened the Narrative/Character Canvas Beyond Elliot’s Fractured Viewpoint

Disconnecting technology, connecting humans: as the world came apart, Mr. Robot's characters came together in promising new configurations.

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‘Arrow’: Season 5 Is Visually Stunning, But Can’t Avoid Its Own Plot Potholes

Arrow remains a thrilling show, but season five is often both illogical and uneven.

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How the Sublime Absurdity in ‘Fargo’ Speaks to Our ‘Post-Truth’ Era

We are reminded that life is meant to be unsatisfying, so why should we expect anything more than the truth about reality from our TV programs?

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‘Top of the Lake’: Season Two Showcases a Series That Has Found Its Voice

Top of the Lake's second season picks up where the first left off, and makes the series even more compelling.

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‘Gotham’ Season Three’s Unique Take on Batman’s Origin Continues to Ramp Up the Crazy

Gotham relies on its fast pace and embrace of the insane to work as the diverse and bizarre show it wants to be, but occasionally the show is too surreal for its own good.

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The Next Hot Music Scene Can Be Found at Twin Peaks’ Bang Bang Bar

One of the most heartening and compelling aspects of David Lynch's approach to this new season of Twin Peaks is his widened musical palette.

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Bresson and Ray on Money and Its Corruptions in ‘They Live by Night’ and ‘L’argent’

Nicholas Ray's debut and Robert Bresson's farewell to cinema may be split by decades and operate in different genres, but they come together in examining the fatalistic implications of money changing hands.

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Sleazy ‘Good Time’ Takes You to the More Squalid Precincts of the Human Spirit

This riveting crime thriller from the Safdie Brothers is like the slimy friend that knows all the best dives.

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De Niro’s Rupert Pupkin Is Far More Menacing and Relevant Today Than His Travis Bickle

What is it about Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy that made its menace too intense for audiences than other gangster dramas of the '80s?

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How It Slips Away: ‘The Breaking Point’ Crosses Hemingway With Noir

Whether we've seen or read the story before, we ache for these sympathetic, floundering people presented to us gravely and without cynicism, even when cynical themselves.

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‘Logan Lucky’ Is an Oftentimes Funny Mishmash of Absurdism and Realism

Filled with colorful characters and playful plot twists, this hillbilly heist proves that Steven Soderbergh still loves a good con game.

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18 Aug 2017 // 2:00 AM

‘Narcos’ and the Trap of Tropicalism

How the Netflix original series Narcos “otherizes" Colombia and the Latin American through its single-story focus.

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A Nice Guy in Noirland Reaches ‘The Breaking Point’

This 1950 adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not features John Garfield and director Michael Curtiz at their best.

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‘Orphan Black’ Closes With a Reaffirmation of the Power of Sisterhood

The way Orphan Black always put women at the center of its story, never shortchanging their complexity for likability or easy solutions, is what will be most remembered and missed.

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Sacha Guitry’s ‘La Poison’ Is a Small, Sour Masterpiece of Provincial Satire

This is a very dark and sardonic explosion of all the polite conventions that grease society -- and other movies.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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