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  • 'Out of the Blue,' Dennis Hopper's bleak, cult punk-rock flick at the Charles Theatre on Thursday

    'Out of the Blue,' Dennis Hopper's bleak, cult punk-rock flick at the Charles Theatre on Thursday
    Early on in Dennis Hopper's "Out of the Blue," teenaged Cebe (Linda Manz) observes that her fathers, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, and Elvis Presley, have abandoned her, in that order. To her, the men who comprise this list of role models all embody her vision of what it is to be "punk." That vision, it turns out, operates without conscience. Cebe's actual father, Don (Hopper, in a raw performance that rivals what he does in "Blue Velvet"), went to prison early in her life after drunkenly crashing his freight truck into a school bus full of children while she sat in the car next to him. This left his daughter in the care of an emotionally fragile, heroin-dependent mother (Sharon Farrell) in a lower-working-class town near Vancouver.
  • The economic nihilism of 'Detour' still stings today

    The economic nihilism of 'Detour' still stings today
    Of all the cars on all the highways in all the world, Vera (Ann Savage) had to get into his. Sure, technically the snazzy convertible Al (Tom Neal) drives isn’t his. It belongs to high-roller Haskell (Edmund MacDonald), who picked Al up back in...

    'Rolling Thunder,' a salty revenge-fueled Vietnam flick featuring an antihero with a hook for a hand

    'Rolling Thunder,' a salty revenge-fueled Vietnam flick featuring an antihero with a hook for a hand
    Trying to pin a pat moral to a film like “Rolling Thunder,” a movie of the “boy, Vietnam sure fucked a generation of young men” genre wrapped in salty revenge movie pulpiness, is pointless. Co-written by Paul Schrader and in many...

    'The Night of the Hunter,' a meandering parable of good vs. evil that helps us endure

    'The Night of the Hunter,' a meandering parable of good vs. evil that helps us endure
    In the opening moments of Charles Laughton’s meandering parable of good versus evil, we are introduced to a world of unabated desires desperately in need of self-control. Self-appointed preacher—and serial killer—Harry Powell (played...

    'Mr. Turner,' Mike Leigh's unsentimental, phlegmy J.M.W. Turner biopic

    'Mr. Turner,' Mike Leigh's unsentimental, phlegmy J.M.W. Turner biopic
    Joseph Mallord William Turner didn’t so much speak as cough up phlegmatic sounds. At least, such is the early 19th-century English artist’s go-to response as realized by Timothy Spall’s lived-in performance in director Mike Leigh’s...