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Maniac Cop

Maniac Cop came out in 1988—the same year Lou Reed recorded New York. This was a transitional period in the cine-mythology of this most-filmed metropolis, before Rudy Giuliani’s transformative ...
It's the end of the world for one of them

Uncanny control

Does anybody remember Hal Hartley? Because it wasn’t that long ago that if you were interested in smart, independent American movies you couldn’t not know Hal Hartley. The whole notion of...
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Lauren Bacall tribute

In its flashbulb-brightness and velvety red-carpet sheen, silver-screen fame often seems fated after the fact. Lauren Bacall’s life seemed torn from a script, though she became a Hollywood gold...
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Be careful who you let in

A funeral gloom still permeates the Peterson family home when David (Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens), veteran of some unspecified foreign conflict, unexpectedly shows up at their door just to tell...
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Rectify wrestles with innocence and loss

Launched back in 1996 by Robert Redford as Sundance Channel, what’s now SundanceTV lit out from movies into original programming in the early ’00s. But no show reflects better on Redford&...
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A new level of noir

A pretty blonde head is stroked by a masculine hand that looks equally capable of tenderness or terror. The owner of the hand wonders what’s inside that head. “What are you thinking? What...
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Medium to medium

David Lynch tells a story about how one day, as a young art student in Philadelphia, he was working on this painting. Green plants were slowly emerging from a blackened canvas. Then he heard wind and...
Neve Campbell, one of many Canucks Gone South

Southward bound

There’s a problem with the Monty Hall Problem. The probability puzzle, named for the famous Canadian broadcaster and longtime host of Let’s Make A Deal, goes like this: you’re a gam...
Liam Neeson, PI

Criminal undertaking

When we first meet Scudder (Liam Neeson) it’s 1991. Back then he was NYPD, with dyed moustache and goatee. He drinks a breakfast of coffee and two shots of whisky in a bar that gets robbed. The...