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  • Mario y los perros

    Mario y los perros

    ★★

    Promising but readily disappointing documentary about the first years in the literary career of the master novelist Mario Vargas Llosa. The film is derivative in excess, and its relatively short running time becomes exasperatingly void of novelty or at times even substance very soon.

    It is always good to hear of the rags-to-riches story of the La ciudad y los perros author, and his role as a fateful hero, favored by fortune not only in regards to his own incomparable…

  • Sixteen Candles

    Sixteen Candles

    ★★★★

    I remember giving this teen romp a chance quite a while ago and not liking it at all... So what happened?! Now I loved most of it.

    Even the mushy moments are well shot and put together, but fortunately Sixteen Candles is a pretty versatile romance comedy. It's a lot of fun. No wonder this is classic John Hughes: the screenplay is masterful, as is the whole direction. The chick-flick stuff is concentrated into certain instances that are just as…

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  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential

    ★★★★★

    A bloody mess due to police corruption in 1950s' Los Angeles is handled expertly by director Curtis Hanson: both the ideal and the immoral, the gritty side and the Hollywood lights of lore unite to create a compelling picture that is neo-noir at its tightly exhuberant best.

    Based on James Ellroy's novel, it tells a grand epic but never loses its focus on the psychological motivations of its deeply faulty antiheroes, brilliantly played by Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe and Kevin…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★★

    "The nigger in the stable has a letter from Abraham Lincoln?"

    And that is just but one quote. This is Tarantino's greatest screenplay since Pulp Fiction (1994). Every word from it is pure gold. I could picture in my mind the ominous snowy scenery suddenly getting blood-stained by reading this literary masterwork alone. Then even I could put Tim Roth or Michael Madsen in roles other than the ones they do, since I couldn't get enough of them --one of…