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  • Film Review: 'A Hitman's Solitude Before the Shot'

    The slapstick assassin at the center of "A Hitman's Solitude Before the Shot" isn't the only one whose aim is off. German helmer Florian Mischa Boder clearly wants this silly-minded misfire, about a contract killer so out of practice he botches his first big assignment, to play like a cross between a classic Blake Edwards farce and the recent "OSS 117" spy-movie spoofs (with a soupcon of Ronald Neame's "Hopscotch" thrown in), but leading man Benno Furmann lacks either the charisma or comic timing to pull it off. It's an opportunity missed in an overplayed genre, limiting this Locarno Piazza Grande selection to mostly local play.
  • James Garner: Cowboy, soldier, detective, astronaut, race car driver

    James Garner, who died Saturday at the age of 86, was tall, handsome and athletic, all qualities that made for longevity as a leading man. Garner, a native Oklahoman, came to fame on television as the laid-back Bret Maverick in the 1950s western, went...

    James Garner of 'Maverick,' 'Rockford Files' Dies at 86

    Amiable actor James Garner, whose moderately successful film career was eclipsed by two extraordinarily popular television series, "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files," has died, according to reports. He was 86. Like many popular leading men of Hollywood'...

    Mickey Rooney Appreciation: Noir Films Showed He Was More Than a Teen Star

    From 1937 to 1946, Mickey Rooney played clean-cut, wide-eyed Midwestern teenager Andy Hardy 15 times in a series of films that proved instrumental (along with his Judy Garland musicals) in making him one of the most popular movie stars of his era. They...

    Mickey Rooney dies: Five of his most memorable movie roles

    With his death at age 93 on Sunday, Mickey Rooney leaves a show-business legacy spanning eight decades and including more than 200 film credits -- not to mention his many appearances on television and the stage. Here are five movie roles demonstrating...