A CLASSIC THRILLER.

Blow Out Pros: Well-done suspense, performances (especially Travolta). Cons: Nancy Allen typical damsel in distress in spots. (Note: This review originally appeared in a slightly different form on Epinions.com) Brian De Palma is one filmmaker who has often been popular with fans. But critics tend to be split on his work. Some rave over it,

THE TRIAL OF THE MEMPHIS THREE

The Devil’s Knot Pros: cast, Georgia locations Cons: script Atom Egoyan (1960-) has made only one great movie, “The Sweet Herafter” (1997). The 2014 “The Devil’s Knot” seems in theory somewhat similar to that classic in approaching community-wide grief, after three West Memphis, Arkansas are slain, found nude and tied up with their shoe laces.

BAD TROUBLE IN THE BERKELEY HILLS

The Savage Professor: A Novel by Robert Roper Pros: East Bay local color Cons: buckets of blood and other carnage What overcame my aversion to contributing to the fascination with serial killers enough to read The Savage Professor by Robert Roper (Nabokov in America, Mexico Days) was the local color. Epidemiologist Anthony Landau, the titular