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Sheena Kamal's 'No Going Back' Unfurls a Thrilling Noir

Kamal's psychological thriller, No Going Back, utilizes crime-noir tropes but with purposeful deviations.

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Decisions and Crossroads in Jonathan Lethem's 'A Gambler's Anatomy'

Saving face and facing a new life in the colorful times of a gambling backgammon master.

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Matthew Weiner's 'Heather, the Totality' Is Chillingly Empty

The Mad Men creator's debut novel has noir roots but plumbs his familiar territory of modernist anxiety with a savage precision.

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'Dinner at the Center of the Earth' Is Chillingly Compelling

Dinner at the Center of the Earth shows there can be no balance in a world solely populated by avengers.

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John le Carré's 'A Legacy of Spies' Has That Old Dark Magic

John le Carré’s first George Smiley novel since 1990 finds the spymaster’s old henchman forced to excavate the details of a long-buried mission they both wish they could forget.

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'Intruders' Plays With Genre, But Not Enough to Stand Out

Director Adam Schindler’s first film shows promise, but its' lack of distinguishing features hold it back.

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Library of America Rethinks Women and the Hard Boiled Tradition in New Set of Women's Crime Writing

This box set represents a nuanced perspective not only of the crime fiction genre, but of women's contributions to mid-century American culture.

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Brian de Palma's 'Dressed to Kill' Is Still Sexy, Still Shocking, Still Classic

Dressed to Kill doesn't address itself to every viewer, but for those who love horror and the tradition of suspense that de Palma so expertly participates in, it will always deliver.

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'The Best Offer' Leaves the Gears of One's Mind Turning

Nothing is ever quite as it seems in this dramatic tale of art, love, fear and deceit.

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A Different Kind of Wilderness: 'A Lonely Place to Die'

There are clever twists and surprises here, but we never connect with anyone enough to transcend the genre.

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In 'The Lady Vanishes', Hitchcock Mines Plenty of Tension from the Fairly Simple Premise

Alfred Hitchcock presents a sharp contrast between the early comic scenes at the hotel and the violent finalé. The stakes rise slowly and deliberately, which increases the ultimate effect by the end.

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'The Sleepwalkers' Has Me Hoping Hollywood is Paying Attention

The Sleepwalkers is a taunt, gripping, and relentless read. It's full of literary MacGuffins and red herrings, not to mention the odd plot twist, and it will keep you turning the pages.

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The Skeptic

With its B-list actors, cheesy dialog and two-dimensional drama, this feels like one of the cheaply-produced TV movies broadcast and cable networks used to churn out on a weekly basis.

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Amberville by Tim Davys

A drug-intoxicated homosexual prostitute gazelle and other scary stuffed animals populate this extremely odd mystery novel.

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Vertigo (1959)

Vertigo's new life, carefully restored from the best available prints for this DVD release, should best reveal Hitchcock's mastery of his medium.

Marc Acherman

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