Stanley Kubrick

Film Review: "The Killing"

Film Review: "The Killing"

The Killing Directed by Stanley Kubrick Playing Aug. 16, 18, and 21 aT The Charles theater Stanley Kubrick was always infatuated with human clockwork, both in terms of what makes each of us tick and how we choreograph our lives, deaths, and sins. “The Killing,” his big heist movie, suits this obsession perfectly. It is often considered, and rightly, his first masterpiece. This particular crime of the century takes place at the races. Johnny Clay, a quietly charismatic ex-con played by Sterling Hayden, assembles the usual crew of seasoned mobsters, queasy insiders, and crooked cops (although in 1956, before “Ocean’s 11” and “The Sting,”...