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BURT REYNOLDS AND DAVID NIVEN IN DON SIEGEL'S 'ROUGH CUT'

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Title: ROUGH CUT Year: 1980 Rating: *** For poor David Niven, ROUGH CUT turned out to be the second heist comedy centering on diamond thieve...

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BURT REYNOLDS STARRING IN HIS CULT DARK COMEDY 'THE END'

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Burt Reynolds in THE END Year: 1978 Rating: ***1/2 Best remembered for the last half-hour involving Burt Reynolds, as a dying man with less ...

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KIM HUNTER IN VAL LEWTON'S GOTHIC NOIR 'THE SEVENTH VICTIM'

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Title: THE SEVENTH VICTIM Year: 1943 Rating: **** Following producer Val Lewton's exploitation horrors CAT PEOPLE, THE LEOPARD MAN and I...

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CHARLES BRONSON IN THE MODERN NOIR TEMPLATE OF 'ST. IVES'

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ST. IVES Stars: Charles Bronson, John Houseman, Jacqueline Bisset Year: 1976 Rating: ***1/2 The second of two Charles Bronson vehicles after...

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HUBERT CORNFIELD DIRECTS 'THE NIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING DAY'

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Marlon Brando in The Night of the Following Day 1969 Rating: ***1/2 There are two things that must be intentional about THE NIGHT OF THE FOL...

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PETER SELLERS, BRITT EKLAND & VICTOR MATURE 'AFTER THE FOX'

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RACING THROUGH EARLY JACK NICHOLSON FOR 'THE WILD RIDE'

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A young Jack Nicholson in THE WILD RIDE Year: 1960 Rating: **1/2 Before the term Speed Kills referred to drugs it was for souped-up fast ca...

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MARLON BRANDO AND GEORGE C. SCOTT IN 'THE FORMULA'

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Title: THE FORMULA Year: 1980 Rating: ** Most cult films start out generally unknown and unsuccessful till gaining a dedicated following but...

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JOHN LANDIS NEON EIGHTIES NEO-NOIR OF 'INTO THE NIGHT'

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OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN & JOHN TRAVOLTA IN 'TWO OF A KIND'

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Olivia Newton-John Travolta in TWO OF A KIND Year: 1983 Rating: *** Iconic GREASE stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John turned down re...

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DANA ANDREWS BREAKS INTO 'FAMILY AFFAIR' WITH BRIAN KEITH

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GROOVING THROUGH 'GREASE' OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN TRAVOLTA

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year: 1978 cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway rating: ****1/2 Eddie Deezen, who played Eugene, the hyp...

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STRANGE FASCINATION OF 'XANADU' OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

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Title: XANADU Year: 1980 Rating: *** It was almost the end of Disco but everyone was rollerskating. Hell, even the gods. Or in this particu...

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NORA HAYDEN ORBITS IB MELCHIOR'S 'THE ANGRY RED PLANET'

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Title: THE ANGRY RED PLANET Year: 1959 Rating: *1/2 With five years until the exceptionally-creative science-fiction flick THE TIME TRAVELER...

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PETER FALK, LAURENE LANDON & VICKI FREDERICK 'ALL THE MARBLES'

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Vicki Frederick and Laurene Landon in ALL THE MARBLES Year: 1981 Rating: ***1/2 Three dots following a sentence usually means... there'...

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STEVE COCHRAN & RUTH ROMAN IN 'TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY'

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SUE LYON IN STANLEY KUBRICK'S 'LOLITA' WITH JAMES MASON

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DIRECTOR STANLEY KUBRICK'S BOXING NOIR OF 'KILLER'S KISS'

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Felice Orlandi from KILLER'S KISS Year: 1955 Rating: **** When it's not a primal, jazz piano, mamba-like rhythm as gangster/dance c...

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HUBERT CORNFIELD'S TRUCKER HEIST FILM NOIR 'PLUNDER ROAD'

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Title: PLUNDER ROAD Year: 1957 Rating: **** Hubert Cornfield's PLUNDER ROAD is more of a post heist thriller than a heist centered b-m...

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VINCE EDWARDS IN THE ATOMIC AGE LATE NOIR 'CITY OF FEAR'

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Title: CITY OF FEAR Stars: Vince Edwards, Steven Ritch Year: 1959 Rating: *** An escaped convict, played by Vince Edwards , steals a metal c...

NOIR TORPEDO VINCE EDWARDS KILLS IN 'MURDER BY CONTRACT'

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Title: MURDER BY CONTRACT Year: 1958 Rating: ***1/2 Deliberately sparse and slow-paced, unpretentiously stylized film noir with a solitary j...

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SYLVESTER STALLONE'S UNBREAKABLE SUPERHERO 'SAMARITAN'

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