ROBERT ALTMAN INCREASED THE LENGTH AND PERHAPS UPPED THE ANTE OF “PERSONA”

3 Women (1977) Pros: Shelly Duvall, Gerald Busby soundtrack Cons: too long and slow and wince-inducing I find Robert Altman’s 1977 “3 Women” excruciating watching—excruciatingly slow and wince-inducing for all three of the women. The hearty, gauche vision in yellow, Millie Lamoreaux (big-eyed, buckteethed and otherwise gawky Shelly Duvall) does not seem to me to

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.