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The Assassination of Richard Nixon
First-time director Niels Mueller tells "the mad story of a true man" in this tragic portrait of Sam Bicke, who tried to fly an airplane into the White House in 1974.
Film Review  January 21, 2005, by Kimberley Jones
"...Starring: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson, Brad Henke, Michael Wincott and Mykelti Williamson. First-time director Niels Mueller bills his debut, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, "the mad story of a true man." It’s a winking way to concede that Mueller may have fudged on the facts some, but the tagline gets it about right: An out-of-work salesman named Sam Bicke did in fact exist, and the story of his real-life, mostly forgotten assassination attempt on the president is a pretty lunatic tale..."

Fantastic Fest 2015: Assassination Classroom
Japanese students, lots of guns, and an unkillable alien teacher
DAILY Screens  September 26, 2015, by Dan Gentile
"...Student-teacher relationships don't get much weirder than in Assassination Classroom...."

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Assassination of Jesse James may be the world’s first epic of misguided hero worship.
Film Review  September 21, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Starring: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Paul Schneider, Garret Dillahunt, Jeremy Renner, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker, Zooey Deschanel and Nick Cave. At two hours and 40 minutes, The Assassination of Jesse James may be the world’s first epic of misguided hero worship..."

Fantastic Fest Review: Assassination Classroom: Graduation
A heartwarming conclusion to the Japanese blockbuster
DAILY Screens  September 26, 2016, by Dan Gentile
"...In Assassination Classroom: Graduation, the flunkie students of Class 3-E return to finish what they started: studying to kill an invincible alien bent on world destruction, who just happens to be their teacher...."

Assassination Nation
Dark satire lets social media tear us apart
Film Review  September 21, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Homophobia, jock culture, body image, #metoo, noods, hacking, the corrosive nature of social media, online celebrities, gun violence, sexual harassment, the male gaze, objectification: Successfully taking on all these issues as parts of the same hideous whole, Assassination Nation works best when it is broad and sharp, but is at its weakest when it is too on the nose. It’s strongest as a metaphor rather than a polemic, and Levinson (who also wrote the script) feels like he’s leaning into the material too much when he sets the film in witch trial country, or has the fat cop talk like a deep-fried Southern bubba, and especially in a girl power resolution that is meant as a call to arms, but feels as forced as that bile-raising Pepsi commercial with Kendall Jenner..."

Reporting an Assassination
"Parkland" director Peter Landesman on JFK research
DAILY Screens  November 22, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...If you've got a conspiracy theory about the JFK assassination, Peter Landesman doesn't want to know. The director of Parkland wants facts, not conjecture, and knows that's not always popular..."

Point Austin: Reflections on Assassination
Trying to find some wisdom on a grim anniversary
News Column  November 22, 2013, by Michael King
"...I suppose we've nearly reached the historical tipping point of cultural obsession with the Kennedy assassination. Most younger people I know don't share my generation's sense that the moment marked a loss of American innocence; that current honor goes, understandably enough, to 9/11..."

Back in the Mirror
First-time director Niels Mueller on 'The Assassination of Richard Nixon'
Screens Story  January 21, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Niels Mueller's The Assassination of Richard Nixon manages the rare trick of not only being the Tadpole screenwriter's directorial debut, but also being a riveting story, anchored not only by real-life events but also by a trio of alarmingly realist-bound performances from Don Cheadle, Naomi Watts, and Sean Penn. To be sure, Penn gives what may well be his finest, most crackling performance to date as Samuel Bicke, a failed Milwaukee office furniture salesman, husband, and father who slowly, irrevocably snaps and begins plotting the assassination of then President Nixon via hijacking an airliner and crashing it into the White House..."

The short happy life and quick assassination of ASK
Features Story  November 22, 2013, by Louis Black
"...During its early years, when the SXSW Festival was still only about music, during the conference part of the event we would do wild-card panels on interesting but not directly related topics. In 1990, we programmed a panel on the Kennedy assassination..."

Death of a President
More sleight of hand than persuasive drama, this what-if story about the aftermath of a presidential assassination is technically seamless but dramatically hollow.
Film Review  October 27, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Hend Ayoub, Brian Boland, Becky Ann Baker, Robert Mangiardi, Jay Patterson, Jay Whittaker, Michael Reilly Burke, James Urbaniak and Neko Parham. There is a lot of hype and hysteria surrounding this British film, because one of its plot points is the fictional assassination of President George W..."

Friend of the Family
In Thomas Mallon's new nonfiction book, the strangest figure in the JFK assassination is the most honest one.
Books Story  January 25, 2002, by Clay Smith
"...To students of the JFK assassination, the strange life of Ruth Paine is yet another reason to insist that the truth is out there. Michael and Ruth Paine moved to Irving from southeastern Pennsylvania in 1959 because Michael went to work for Bell Helicopter, a new company in Ft..."

The November Men
Now I know what can happen after one too many viewings of the Zapruder film of the JFK assassination. You can go mad with conspiracy fever and, if you're cinematically...
Film Review  July 8, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Williams, Beau Starr, Caralissa Gines and Robert Davi. Now I know what can happen after one too many viewings of the Zapruder film of the JFK assassination..."

ASK: Roland Swenson
JFK symposium exposes SXSW head as CIA operative!
DAILY Music  November 21, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...From 1991 to 1994, SXSW managing director Roland Swenson co-hosted an annual conference in Dallas called the Assassination Symposium on Kennedy, known as ASK, that drew hundreds of curious characters seeking the truth about John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination..."

Letters at 3AM: JFK and That Hard Rain
When boomers and their offspring die out, Kennedy's assassination will have the approximate historical echo of William McKinley's
Columns  November 22, 2013, by Michael Ventura
"...I didn't like what happened. Assassination is anti-democratic..."

Black Cat
Model-turned-actress Jade Leung Zhang stars in this unofficial Hong Kong re-make of Luc Besson's arthouse smash La Femme Nikita, and while (surprise!) it lacks the subtlety of that movie, it...
Film Review  September 29, 1995, by Joey O'Bryan
"...The plot here is virtually the same, blow-by-blow, as in Besson's movie. Despite the derivative nature of the plot, director Shin does have a few surprises up his sleeves, most notably in our heroine's first assassination assignment, which, in both other versions, took place in a crowded restaurant, whereas here the scene takes place at a wedding..."

A portrait of the First Lady in the aftermath of JFK's assassination
Film Review  December 23, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Intimacy can be a terrifying thing, and Chilean director Pablo Larraín (Tony Manero) and screenwriter Noah Oppenheim have made the most intimate portrait yet of Jacqueline Kennedy’s horrifying ordeal following the assassination of her husband, president John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Jackie has a nightmare vibe to it that’s palpable and unsettling, and Portman’s performance as the widowed first lady is a tour de force of conflicting emotions brought on by the impossibly ghastly reality bookending that sunny day in Dallas..."

This Terrible Moment
'All the Way' playwright Robert Schenkkan and its LBJ, Bryan Cranston, on JFK's assassination
Arts Story  November 22, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Asked what he found then that interested him the most, Cranston turned to a memento from the wake of John Kennedy's assassination: "A very little thing, but it meant a lot to me," he said. "There was a letter from Jacqueline Kennedy to Lyndon Johnson about four days after the assassination, and in it she thanked him and praised him for his courage to walk with Jack during the funeral procession down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C..."

A Journey to 'Parkland'
Writer/director Peter Landesman on the untold stories of JFK's death
DAILY Screens  October 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...When journalist-turned-filmmaker Peter Landesman started writing the script for his JFK assassination film Parkland, he knew there was still drama in the oft-told tragedy. He said, "The movie's shocking, not because we don't know the outcome, but because the real journey of how we got there is so interesting and heroic."..."

Life, Death, and Dance
Robert Duvall loves to tango. Robert Duvall loves Buenos Aires. And Robert Duvall loves Luciana Pedraza, the ravishing Argentinean-born woman who plays opposite him in Assassination Tango, a film in which the screen legend somehow conflates all these things.
Screens Story  March 14, 2003, by Sarah Hepola
"...Robert Duvall loves Buenos Aires. And Robert Duvall loves Luciana Pedraza, the ravishing Argentine-born woman who plays opposite him in Assassination Tango, a film in which the screen legend somehow conflates all these things..."

An elaborate cat-and-mouse game between human reality and game reality from David Cronenberg.
Film Review  May 14, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...In eXistenZ, Leigh is cast as top game designer Allegra Geller, a real-life goddess to her devout fans, a demoness to partisans of the Realist Underground. As she launches the first public demonstration of her new invention, a game called eXistenZ, which is played by inserting the venous UmbyCord of the organ-like MetaFlesh game pod into the human bioport receptacle (a permanent, anus-like jack zapped into the base of the player's spine), an assassination attempt is made on her life..."

Oliver Stone gives the "lone gunman" assassination theory a run for its money.
Film Review  December 27, 1991, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...So, too, with JFK. Here the bottom line is the demolition of the “lone gunman” assassination theory..."

13 Minutes
A plot to blow Hitler up goes wrong
Film Review  July 28, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...Even here, Elser is something of an enigma. Once in the hands of the SS, they absolutely, positively will not allow themselves to believe that the diminutive man in their custody planned and carried out the assassination attempt all by himself..."

Hanks tours the museums of Europe trying to save the world
Film Review  October 28, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...As a high-end fixer, Irrfan Khan is Inferno’s secret weapon. Whether ordering a faraway assassination from his floating HQ or drily doing a whack job himself, you never see him sweat..."

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
Ron Howard tackles the Beatles
Film Review  September 9, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Certain key elements and figures (i.e., Brian Epstein) are glossed over, and the film’s U.S.-centric biases are front and center. Beatlemania is seen through the fulcrum of such events as JFK’s assassination and the escalating war in Vietnam..."

Bloody screen adaptation shows what Shakespeare only tells
Film Review  December 11, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...“I have given suck.” It’s only four words, Shakespeare’s lone intimation that the Macbeths were not always childless, but Justin Kurzel’s new adaptation begins with the child’s end, an abstraction turned corporeal, and dead on a funeral pyre. It’s the first innovation in a film adaptation that means to show what Shakespeare only tells, or suggests, in offstage action: this funeral, a battle, a royal assassination, and the domino-stacked murders that follow...."

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Diverting but rarely riveting, this latest offering from the Marvel Universe kicks the can down the road some more.
Film Review  May 23, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...The script (by Simon Kinberg) positions the series’ constant, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), as a potential savior of a future terrorized by Sentinels. He’s sent back to the past to dissuade the blue-skinned shapeshifter Mystique, née Raven (Lawrence), from an assassination that will set off a ruinous ripple effect..."

It All Began So Beautifully ...
LBJ Library and Museum houses Austin's key connection to Kennedy's assassination
Arts Story  November 22, 2013, by Kate X Messer
"...Elsewhere, on the ground floor, across from the freshly made­over LBJ animatronic, is a bank of telephones and touch screens titled "Please Hold for the President." Visitors may pick up an old-school phone receiver and listen to recordings of conversations – like so many future Watergate buggers – between LBJ and a host of historic figures in the first days after the assassination: Gerald Ford, Nellie Connally, Rose Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and more...."

A galloping box-office success in its home country of South Korea, this film is a 17th century historical drama that, at heart, is really a comedy.
Film Review  March 15, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The events of Masquerade begin when the early 17th century Joseon Dynasty King Gwanghae (Lee) instructs his councillor Heo Kyun (Ryoo) to find a body double to provide him with protection from the constant threat of assassination. A near-perfect doppelgänger is found in the person of Ha-seon (Lee, playing dual roles), a jester who impersonates the king for popular amusement..."

Killer Elite
Action-film icon Jason Statham is stuck in an overlong, perfunctory thriller.
Film Review  September 30, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Just a tease, it turns out: There's nothing here for the viewer to do, no kinks to work out, no double-crossings to anticipate, not even a half-hearted flail at figuring out how Danny ticks. Lacking a premise with the trashy-fun lure of Statham's Crank or the knotty narrative pleasures of the Bourne series (which Killer Elite rather desperately wants to be), the overlong, perfunctory Killer Elite is simply a series of (reasonably well-choreographed) assassination sequences..."

I Am Number Four
This filmed adaptation of the first book in the proposed Lorien Legacies series follows the tribulations of an alien refugee on Earth.
Film Review  February 18, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...A comically protracted camera zoom opens the film – one of those showboaty numbers that starts in outer space and ends on, I don't know, an ant's back. In quick succession, there's an assassination, a hectic chase through jungle brush, another slaughtering, a Jet Ski loop-de-looping in the ocean, a sexy night swim, and relocation to Ohio..."

Tom Cruise seems somewhat out of place as a German officer in this thriller about the attempt on Adolf Hitler's life in July 1944.
Film Review  December 26, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Claus von Stauffenberg, one of a handful of officers who together plan a suitcase-bomb attack to be carried out at the Wolf's Lair retreat, is fitfully dour. There's more honest suspense in waiting for him to crack a smile (he doesn't, or at least not the famous Cruise version) during all the scheming than there is in anything having to do with the actual assassination attempt..."

Vantage Point
Like Rashomon, this Dennis Quaid vehicle replays a single event – the assassination of the U.S. president – from multiple points of view.
Film Review  February 22, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...If you can work your way past Vantage Point's goofy casting that places a bland, blank-eyed Hurt in the White House, then I suppose you can manage to forgive this Rashomon rip-off's other glaring idiosyncrasies, of which there are many. Like the Akira Kurosawa classic, Vantage Point replays a single event – in this case, the assassination of the United States president at a Middle East peace summit – from multiple points of view..."

Like the video game that inspired this film, Hitman is a brain-dead pleasure bomb.
Film Review  November 23, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...To be sure, Hitman is a lousy film, but like the video game that inspired it, it's also great fun, drawing as it does on everything from James Bondian Eurotrash panache to Vin Diesel's moribund XXX character. Studio backchatter had been buzzing awhile back about credited director Gens – helmer of the French gorefest Frontière(s) – getting sacked in the interest of a less violent take on the assassination game via longtime editor Nicolas De Toth (Live Free or Die Hard)..."

Mark Wahlberg plays an ex-Marine marksman who is set up to be the fall guy in a government plot.
Film Review  March 23, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
"...And would you believe they’re in it … for the oil? So the movie has that going for it. Otherwise? Retired and improbably named ex-Marine Corps sniper Bob Lee Swagger (Wahlberg) falls for the oldest trick in the book – the book being Stephen Hunter’s Point of Impact, here adapted leadenly to the screen by Red Planet’s Jonathan Lemkin – and helps a shady G-man (Glover, who’s been instructed to speak as if he’s got strep) “prevent” the assassination of the president..."

Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Revenge is a dish best served bold – and deliciously, by Quentin and Uma.
Film Review  April 16, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...2 is a blast to watch. Madsen as Budd lends the proceedings some real demented edge, Elle is a stunner and her catfight with the Bride within the cramped confines of a trailer is full of ingenious delights, Carradine simmers with untapped emotions, and Gordon Liu is back in this volume playing yet another character – Master Pei Mei, the martial-arts mentor who possesses the secret of the mysterious "five-point exploding palm technique" of assassination..."

Veronica Guerin
Journalist's brave story remains curiously aloof.
Film Review  October 17, 2003, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Another way of saying this is that the movie feels aloof, even though it manages to sustain viewer interest throughout. One of the problems may be that the movie begins with Guerin’s assassination in 1996..."

The Terrorist
Breathtakingly gorgeous but ultimately thematically unsatisfying, this Indian film is a resolutely non-Bollywood take on the creation of a suicide bomber, a conceit obviously inspired by the assassination of Indian...
Film Review  April 21, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Krishna, Bhanu Prakash, Vishnu Vardhan and Ayesha Dharkar. Breathtakingly gorgeous but ultimately thematically unsatisfying, this Indian film is a resolutely non-Bollywood take on the creation of a suicide bomber, a conceit obviously inspired by the assassination of Indian prime minister Rajiv Ghandi..."

Ghosts of Mississippi
Rob Reiner’s steadfastly upright take on the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963 is a curious film. Like Alan Parker’s Mississippi Burning, the movie deals with murder,...
Film Review  January 10, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Macy. Rob Reiner’s steadfastly upright take on the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963 is a curious film..."

The Last Hero in China
From Wong Jing, the director of the endearingly silly Jackie Chan vehicle City Hunter and the God of Gamblers series, comes this equally ridiculous picture, a goofy send-up of the...
Film Review  July 28, 1995, by Joey O'Bryan
"...This 1993 film, which was made after chopsocky icon Jet Li Lien-jie angrily left Tsui Hark's Once Upon a Time in China film series to produce the delightful Legend of Fong Sai-yuk, finds Li quickly returning to his most famous role -- this time to poke fun at his own stoic performances as Wong in Hark's epics. The plot is ludicrous -- something to do with a whorehouse opening next to Wong's martial arts school, a corrupt law enforcer in cahoots with a group of evil monks, a bunch of foreigners selling poisonous medicine to kids, a nasty slavery ring, a rigged lion dance contest, a political assassination, and, well, I think you get the idea..."

Queen Margot
This visaully sumptuous story about regal intrigues and passions during the religious wars of the 16th century is based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas.
Film Review  January 27, 1995, by Alison Macor
"...The marriage is a political arrangement designed to appease the warring religious factions in France and ensure continued ruling power for Catherine's son, the ineffectual king. When Catherine's plan for the assassination of Charles' Protestant confidante Coligny (Brialy) goes horribly awry, she orchestrates the deaths of over 20,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) on St..."

This bio-pic, set in 16th-century Europe, depicts the life and times of the famed physician and prognositicator Nostradamus. His adherents claim his predictions included the JFK assassination, both world wars,...
Film Review  December 2, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...This bio-pic, set in 16th-century Europe, depicts the life and times of the famed physician and prognositicator Nostradamus. His adherents claim his predictions included the JFK assassination, both world wars, AIDS, moon landings, and more..."

Shelf Life
Director Paul Bartel has a talent for identifying great premises. As evidence, I offer examples like the “pound-of-flesh” financing scheme of Eating Raoul, the Machiavellian auto race of Death Race...
Film Review  November 11, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Originated for the stage by the same three performers who here bring these characters to the screen, the story is an extended meditation on the effects of lengthy isolation and physical containment on the growth of the individual. On November 22, 1963, a typical nuclear family is watching TV and, upon seeing JFK's assassination, become convinced that the commies have taken over and head immediately for their basement fallout shelter..."

The Specialist
Both Stallone and Stone have been aching for a hit of late; suffice to say, this quickly cobbled together ghost of a film isn't it. Liberally adapted from John Shirley's...
Film Review  October 14, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Both Stallone and Stone have been aching for a hit of late; suffice to say, this quickly cobbled together ghost of a film isn't it. Liberally adapted from John Shirley's Specialist series of action-adventure novels, Llosa's film posits Sly as a mysterious ex-armed forces "specialist," trained in covert assassination technique via controlled explosions..."

Stepping Razor -- Red X
Judging from this insightful documentary, Jamaican reggae superstar Peter Tosh was a strange blend indeed. Part paranoid, part religious mystic, and part genius entertainer, Tosh's success never quite managed to...
Film Review  February 11, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...It didn't work, obviously, and in a bit of unintentional comic relief, Tosh is seen in an excerpt from Saturday Night Live, joined by a goofily over-eager Mick Jagger who manages to make a complete ass of himself in a brief 60 seconds. Toward the end of the film, Campbell unwisely resorts to the sort of dramatic re-enactment seen on America's Most Wanted to portray Tosh's extremely suspicious death/assassination..."

Once Upon a Time in China III
Jet Li is back as the legendary physician and martial arts master in this third outing in Hark's "historical" epics.
Film Review  November 5, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...This time out, the trio travel to Beijing to pay a visit to Hong's father, a benevolent manufacturer of those nifty lion heads used in various martial arts ceremonies and dances. Arriving in town at the height of the Lion Dance Competition, Hong must defend his father's lion head school from a rival gang while simultaneously subverting the flirtations of one of Yee's former suitors, a duplicitous Russian fellow with grotesquely fake sideburns, and saving the emperor from an assassination attempt..."

In the Line of Fire
The only thing “that's not gonna happen” (to quote the movie's catch-phrase) is box-office failure for In the Line of Fire. Eastwood's latest, in which he stars but does not...
Film Review  July 9, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Eastwood's latest, in which he stars but does not direct, is a smart and absorbing contemporary thriller. His Frank Horrigan, a weathered Secret Service agent spackled with guilt(?), remorse(?), self-doubt(?), confusion(?) regarding his role in the 1963 assassination of JFK, is a classic creation..."

Love Field
Love Field is a quietly engaging and uncharacteristic little period piece set in the American South in the early Sixties that tells the story of an interracial friendship. The Love...
Film Review  February 26, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...From her platinum blond hairdo and trim homemade suit dresses to her recent miscarriage, Lurene's obsession with Jackie stems more from her own boredom and lack of identity than anything actual. After the assassination, Lurene feels compelled to travel to Washington, D.C..."

Ruby has the look of a cheap knockoff hustled along to cash in on the success of Oliver Stone's JFK. They get the period details right and the cheesy sets...
Film Review  April 3, 1992, by Kathleen Maher
"...The movie falls so in love with its sweet protagonist that it tries to make him a real hero. Not to dive into the sinkhole that is assassination speculation, but only two things about Ruby's actions seem likely: either by shooting Oswald he was cleaning up a few loose ends for someone, or he was acting out of grief and some crazy idea of revenge..."

The Sound and the Fury
The Alamo screens James Brown's classic 1968 concert.
DAILY Music  January 21, 2008, by Thomas Fawcett
"...It’s screening tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz for a measly $2. The concert was scheduled to take place less than 24 hours after the assassination of King in Memphis..."

The Night the Lights Went Out at the Roller Derby
DAILY Sports  June 7, 2007, by Mark Fagan
"...Last Sunday, like the first Sunday of every month during their season, the Texas Rollergirls flat-track Roller Derby league hosted a bout at their headquarters, Playland Skate Center. The Hustlers faced off against the Assassination City Derby's Special Ops team from Dallas with the Hotrod Honeys battling the Hell Marys..."

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