Wednesday Film Roundup (6/21/2017)

Fury of a Patient Man (Tarde para la ira) (2016)

Director:   Raúl Arévalo

This is a very well done Spanish noir revenge thriller that combines realism and narrative power.  The plot:  José is a taciturn guy who likes to hang out at a drab neighborhood bar.  He spends enough time there to catch the eye of the equally drab waitress.

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Sunday Movie Roundup (5/14/2017)

This was a great week.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:  discovering unexpectedly good films in out-of-the-way places is one of the things that keeps my faith in cinema alive.  There are good things happening out there; you just have to be persistent and know how to wade through all the sewage.

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Sunday Film Roundup (4/30/2017)

Escobar:  Paradise Lost (2014)

Director:  Andrea DiStefano

A mildly absorbing crime melodrama about an innocent Canadian guy named Nick who marries Pablo Escobar’s niece and gets sucked into the family business.  A theme like this has great potential if handled the right way, but it turns out that the director prefers formula to serious drama.  Irritatingly fresh-faced young Canadian (Josh Hutcherson) is hanging around on the beaches of Colombia in the early 1990s with his brother, doing not much of anything but surfing and looking like a dipshit gringo target for extortion.

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