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The Manchurian Candidate

The Essential Movie Library #91: The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Equal parts surrealist thriller and paranoid satire, it anticipated the assassination of an American president
Johnny Depp

The Essential Movie Library #90: Dead Man (1995)

A vortex of a movie, hallucinatory and sui generis despite its genre, its rites of beautiful and bestial passage demarcated by Neil Young’s lysergic guitar rumbling like Mojave thunder

The Essential Movie Library #89: Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

The Bride’s revelation is that what haunts the heart is more terrifying than what shocks the senses

The Essential Movie Library #88: Madame de… (1953)

The web of deceit becomes indistinguishable from the lattice of desire

The Essential Movie Library #87: The Long Goodbye (1973)

Three years later he’ll move to New York, change his name to Travis Bickle, and drive cabs for a living

The Essential Movie Library #85: The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

When the most powerful moment of redemptive heroism is given not to Day-Lewis’s Hawkeye, but the guy you’ve loathed the previous 90 minutes

The Essential Movie Library #84: La Belle Noiseuse (1991)

The story of an older artist finding his lost inspiration in the girlfriend of a younger artist

The Essential Movie Library #82: The Bourne Trilogy (2002, 2004, 2007)

This saga of a renegade amnesiac agent taught 007 how it's done

The Essential Movie Library #81: Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty is a masterpiece for its control and economy, its determined and relentless spirit