Film noir is about being a day late and a dollar short. Hence why the newly released Too Late is a classic noir set in modern-day L.A. A dirty, but honorable, private eye with a predilection for strippers, Samson (John Hawkes), is inextricably connected to Dorothy (Crystal Reed), a stripper with a heart of gold, who winds up strangled to death in Elysian Park. From there, Samson’s Pontiac Trans Am takes him high into the Hollywood Hills where the plot thickens and the body count builds. Then: a strip club from a previous time, a drive-in 35mm theater and a … Continue reading TOO LATE

Movie Beat – 01.31.14

12 O’clock Boys – They call them 12 O’clock boys because they ride their bikes straight up in the air. They are a gang of kids, running wild on the streets of Baltimore, where the police are hamstrung by a policy that won’t allow them to pursue a risky chase. Pug is a young boy enchanted with the 12 O’clock Boys and wants to ride with them, even if his mother, Coco, wants him to be a veterinarian. The Westside of Baltimore is a gritty and dangerous place, and director Lotfy Nathan brings a camera to an unsung way of … Continue reading Movie Beat – 01.31.14