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  • '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 by the dizzyingly handsome Robert Mitchum) is on the run after committing a murder and stops to take in a burlesque show. The preacher quickly becomes aroused, and reacts violently—first by clenching his fist (emblazoned with “HATE”; his other hand says “LOVE”) but then by forcefully opening his switchblade, which rips through his jacket and protrudes into the air. He is undoubtedly popping a boner here (an early draft had the knife rip through Powell’s pants), and Powell, disgusted by his sexual urges, reroutes that energy into deception and murder over the next 90 minutes or so.
  • '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...

    Happening Saturday: 'Dirt! The Movie,' Parquet Courts, and more

    Happening Saturday: 'Dirt! The Movie,' Parquet Courts, and more
    -“DIRT! The Movie”: Dirt: It’s fun to garden in, fun to roll in, and fun to eat. But we often fail to recognize the intimate relationship the human race has with soil, which preceded civilization and has been continually utilized and...

    'Akira,' the beyond-reproach Japanese anime, plays at the Charles Theatre tonight

    'Akira,' the beyond-reproach Japanese anime, plays at the Charles Theatre tonight
    Try and imagine what the inevitable live-action Hollywood remake of "Akira" will look like: directed by some Hollywood worker bee after Darren Aronofsky is fired a few days in from a script written by Guillermo del Toro; executive-produced by...

    'Laura,' a smirking class satire masquerading as a film noir, plays at the Charles tomorrow and Monday

    'Laura,' a smirking class satire masquerading as a film noir, plays at the Charles tomorrow and Monday
    Who killed advertising superstar Laura Hunt? That's the question New York City detective McPherson (Dana Andrews) is trying to answer in this 1944 thriller. With his hat perpetually at a rakish tilt and his demeanor always set to suspicious, McPherson...