THE QUEEN OF HOLLYWOOD BLVD
2018, 90 min, USA, Dir: Orson Oblowitz

On her 60th birthday, Mary (Rosemary Hochschild) finds her past coming back to haunt her, as a 25-year-old debt means the mob is ready to collect with interest, their sights set on the strip club she has run all her life. There’s only one thing she can do: Mount her defenses and stand her ground in a spiral of violence and revenge that will leave no one in her life untouched. This is an L.A. noir of the darkest order, a one-day odyssey of a character’s reckoning reminiscent of THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE and TOO LATE. In the middle of it all, photographed spectacularly by Luke Hanlein’s astute eye, towers Hochschild’s tour-de-force performance as an unrepentant sinner who has accepted who she is and has made her peace with it.


THE OLD MAN & THE GUN
2018, Fox Searchlight, 105 min, USA, Dir: David Lowery

Director David Lowery (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, A GHOST STORY, PETE’S DRAGON) reunites with Robert Redford and Casey Affleck for this charming dramedy about an unrepentant jail breaker and bank robber determined to live life on his own terms. As real-life heist man Forrest Tucker, Redford leads an all-star cast including Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Elisabeth Moss and Tom Waits; Affleck is a detective who becomes obsessed with Tucker.


THE ASSASSIN LIVES AT 21
L’ASSASSIN HABITE A 21
1942, Janus Films, 84 min, France, Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Inspector Wems is back in this claustrophobic murder mystery by first-time director Henri-Georges Clouzot. This time, it’s Clouzot’s show all the way, as the director finds his stride in giving his star Pierre Fresnay room to be completely exasperated by the chaos surrounding him. A superb and eccentric thriller from the famed director of DIABOLIQUE and THE WAGES OF FEAR.


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