…violento

A Most Violent Year (2014) Dir. J.C. Chandor

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Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) does business with honesty, transparency, and integrity. Yet, business is a tough lover that demands sacrifice.

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…vitriol

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) Dir. Alan Rudolph

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Dorothy Parker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) was a fascinating figure. She was an opinionated, passionate, witty and sharp writer. She was a member of the famous Algonquin Round Table, a New York group of writers, actors, and critics. The movie documents her life, loves, writing, and the Round Table. Yet, it doesn’t do them justice. It presents the facts, but lacks the intoxicated spark of the Roaring Twenties. Sadly, it copies straight from a documentary The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table (1987), while lacking interesting elements of a featured film.

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…venerable

84 Charing Cross Road (1987) Dir. David Hugh Jones

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The movie smells of dust, old paper, and cigarette smoke. It clicks and clacks with typewriter sounds. It shows how to order out-of-print books, and look for antiquary bookstores. You can call it old or outdated. But it is a fascinating look at two cultures – British and American, two cities – London and New York, and two book lovers – Frank (Anthony Hopkins) and Helen (Anne Bancroft).

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