shorts: 11

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Arts
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These brief, one sentence movie reviews return after an extended winter hibernation. The complete list can be found here.

Grand Budapest Hotel, The (2014) – As “Wes Andersony” as anything he has directed this affectionate nod to Old World Europe is both exquisite and plodding. (3) – 4/10/14

Big Heat, The (1953) – Atmospheric delight with revenge-fueled detective and spurned moll trying to take down insidious syndicate remains highly engrossing. (3½) – 4/10/14

American Hustle (2013) – Relentlessly paced, cleverly plotted, endlessly layered, and beautifully acted tale of high-stakes greed sizzles and seduces. (4) – 4/10/14

Exorcist, The (1973) – Even after four decades of imitators this film remains the touchstone for heart-stopping jolts and supernatural creepiness. (4) – 4/10/14

Naked City, The (1948) – Dismissing the leprechaun images conjured by Barry Fitzgerald’s voice helps elevate this enjoyable “one in eight million” crime story. (3) – 4/10/14

Mama (2013) – Compelling premise and promising start make the last half of this film that much more disappointing. (2) – 4/10/14

Key Largo (1948) – Bogie and Bacall light it up as hostages dealing with murder, gangsters, Seminoles, and a hurricane in this noir thriller. (3½) – 4/10/14

Nebraska (2013) – This wonderful, sublime film may be monochrome and monotone in delivery, but is complex and powerful in impact. (4) – 4/10/14

Zombieland (2009) – A deadly funny journey through a post-zomblistic world is brought to life by stellar performances and Twinkies lust. (3½) – 4/10/14

King and I, The (1956) – A commanding turn by Yul Brynner guides this dated musical through culture clashes, melodramatic twists, etc. etc. etc. (3) – 4/10/14

  1. I agree with your assessments except for Mama which I didn’t see, so I don’t know how spot on you are on that one, and Grand Budapest Hotel which I thought was delightfully quirky and smart.


  2. Lisa says:

    these are great! (and I totally agree with the exorcist – but I’m a big horror-film freak, so maybe i’m a little biased).


  3. rangewriter says:

    We had some good ones to choose from this year. The Grand Budapest was one of my favorite Wes Anderson films. I thought artistically he outdid himself this time. Time to see The Exorcist again. It’s been years.


  4. sparklebumps says:

    Yul Brenner is my dad. Ok, nevermind. He’s so much cooler than my dad.


  5. Rick says:

    I have seen several of those, and the sentences are spot on. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any of the old classics. That needs to change.


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