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  • Taken

    Taken

    ★½

    Jon Stewart once gave actor Denis Leary a hard time for offering his voice talents to yet one more “Ice Age” movie with the quip, “What was the name of your new film, again? ‘Paycheck IV?’” And while it’s easy to be cynical about sequels, it’s even harder to fathom why a serious actor would take a role in a second rate film, apart from money. “Taken” now has two sequels and spin-off TV show. But when Liam Neeson made…

  • In Cold Blood

    In Cold Blood

    ★★★★

    Here’s another film I respected more than I enjoyed. With its faux-documentary style and grim subject matter, it’s impossible to call “In Cold Blood” a pleasant experience. However, it does include some exemplary craftsmanship, and as a psychological case study, it proves quite chilling.

    Based on the famous Truman Capote book of the same name, “In Cold Blood” recounts the murders of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. Perry Smith (Robert Blake) and Richard “Dick” Hickock (Scott Wilson)…

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  • Kedi

    Kedi

    ★★★★

    Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and has been a crossroads between Europe and Asia for thousands of years. For quite some time, it has also been the home to many hundreds of stray cats; cats who are allowed to roam freely, coming and going with impunity. The documentary "Kedi" takes us into the streets of Istanbul where we come face to face, nose to whisker, with these beloved residents and meet the humans who take care of them.…

  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies

    ★★★★

    I have been underwhelmed by most of Steven Spielberg's recent films. I didn't really care for "War Horse" and although "Lincoln" was decent I felt it was overwrought at times. And don't even get me started on "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." The last Spielberg film I thought was really spectacular was "Munich" and that came out in 2005. So I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed "Bridge of Spies."

    Based on a true…