Max O'Connell

Max O'Connell

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Freelance film critic/arts journalist. Bylines at RogerEbert.com, The Film Stage, Rapid City Journal, elsewhere.

Favorite films

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn
  • The Lovers on the Bridge
  • Affliction
  • White Hunter, Black Heart

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  • Slapstick (Of Another Kind)

    ½

  • Killing Them Softly

    ★★★★½

  • The Death of David Cronenberg

    ★★★½

  • The Mexican

    ★★★½

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  • The Godfather: Part III

    The Godfather: Part III

    ★★★★

    "Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone" cut.

  • Who'll Stop the Rain

    Who'll Stop the Rain

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The seeds of every great Nick Nolte performance are in Who’ll Stop the Rain, Karel Reisz’s excellent adaptation of Robert Stone’s post-Vietnam War novel Dog Soldiers. Nolte, a talented actor who’d had a breakthrough with the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man and had a hit film but a forgettable performance in The Deep, credits Reisz as the director who taught him how to be still, “to focus my attention on a visual spot, then transfer it to a single thought,”…

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  • Incendies

    Incendies

    Incendies's story takes inspiration from a couple of famous tragic plays (one in particular, though saying which would be giving the film's risible climax away), but an important element in tragedy is that of choice – even in plays where fate plays a central role, it's the characters who have to choose to make their terrible decisions. Here, no one has enough inner-life to make them more than devices to deliver human anguish, which, judging by Denis Villeneuve's also-loathesome Prisoners,…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    There is no way The Day the Clown Cried is worse than this.