THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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MANHATTAN NIGHT (2016)










#47 is 2016's Manhattan Night which tries so hard to be a modern throwback to the days of Bogie and Bacall. Adrien Brody fits the profile well as a NYC tabloid writer hot on a story but makes the typical mistake of falling for the femme fatale (Yvonne Strahovski) he's working on. She's stunning but a little flat when called upon to act. Jennifer Beals is wasted as Brody's wife (typically a thankless role in flicks like this) and so is Linda Lavin but Campbell Scott is terr...ific as the late director-husband of Yvonne's. We only see him in flashbacks but Scott is odd, riveting and what Manhattan Night could have used more of. It's watchable but you can't help thinking maybe you should be watching something else as the film reminds you of countless others. Brody's voice over narration is perfect and maybe he should tackle this genre again. Better you should dust off one of the classics than watch this noir wannabe. Oh and Yvonne's traumatic horse story, hinted at throughout, and finally shown toward the end of the film? If you saw the movie - HUH? Did that make ANY sense?!?

TLA one-word review: noirish

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