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The Wolfman Review


OK
This B-movie made on an epic budget is so over-the-top that the earlier you start giggling the better. Even though it's played dead straight, it's an old-style monster romp that couldn't be any more camp if it tried.

American-raised actor Lawrence (Del Toro) returns to his family manor on an English moor, where his wild-haired father Sir John (Hopkins) lives with his Sikh servant (Malik). Lawrence discovers that his brother has just been killed in the woods by a vicious creature, which later wounds him as well, turning him into a werewolf. And on the first full moon, he finds himself on the hunt as well as chased by a Scotland Yard detective (Weaving). But maybe a gypsy woman (Chaplin) and his brother's ex-fiancee (Blunt) hold the key to his salvation.

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RKO 281 Review


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Not terribly compelling but interesting for Welles and Kane buffs, RKO 281 (the production number of Citizen Kane during filming) dramatizes the ups and downs of a brash Orson Welles and his clash with William Randolph Hearst, the man on whom Kane was based. RKO 281 adds little to the Kane mythology, though the real origin of "Rosebud" is something I'll always cherish.

See also The Battle Over Citizen Kane for the straight documentary version.

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