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La Notte (1961) Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni Easy to parody, impossible to replicate, what Andrew Sarris called “Antoniennui”—glamorous European movie stars composed in tableaux in front of brutalist architecture, speaking past each other in existential aphorisms—can be embraced as a Marxist-influence tract on the alienation of contemporary life or snorted at as chic pretention, equal and opposite visceral reactions to ambitious modern aesthetics which in either case and for better and worse say more about...
Black Mass Directed by Scott Cooper Opens September 18 If gangsters are preceded by their reputations, gangster movies are preceded by the reputations of other gangster movies—all the way back to Scarface (it’s in the title). Black Mass shoulders a heavy burden in dramatizing the-man-the-myth of bloodthirsty Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, notorious in his hometown and famous to the outside world for disappearing as a fugitive. Scott Cooper’s star-clotted film—for a story about clandestine criminal activity, it’s...