1974 January Movies

Chinatown

Chinatown

  • 98%
  • R
  • 130 min
  • Crime

Director Roman Polanski's classic neo-noir detective story is set during a heat wave in 1930s Los Angeles, where residents suffer from a water shortage due to an ongoing drought. With stellar contributions from composer Jerry Goldsmith and screenwriter Robert Towne, whose script recalls the hard-boiled cynicism of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, CHINATOWN is a complex and superbly crafted period drama that has become Polanski's most critically acclaimed film. Private investigator Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) runs a sleazy detective agency specia. When a client (Diane Ladd) hires him to spy on her "husband," who is rumored to be having an affair with a younger woman, Jake uncovers a plot against the man--but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Yet to emerge are a sex scandal implicating the real wife (Faye Dunaway), with whom Jake is destined to become more closely acquainted, and a real estate swindle of tremendous proportions devised by her tycoon father (John Huston), backed up by a vast network of corrupt city officials and landowners who make life hell for the private eye.

99 and 44/100% Dead

99 and 44/100% Dead

    • PG
    • 98 min
    • Action

    Elderly mobster Edmond O'Brien hires a hit man to eliminate his rival. There are albino alligators, skillful chase scenes, and Chuck Connors as a one-handed psycho who can fit various deadly weapons on his stumpy arm. Written by Ørnås

    A Dragonfly for Each Corpse

    A Dragonfly for Each Corpse

      • Unrated
      • 85 min
      • Crime

      A killer is cleaning up the streets of Milan by murdering those considered as deviant. An ornamental dragonfly, soaked in the blood of the victim, is left on each body.

      - Written by

      Anonymous

      A Very Natural Thing

      A Very Natural Thing

        • R
        • 80 min
        • Drama

        When David, an ex-monk still in his twenties meets Mark, he falls hard; soon he's asked Mark if they can live together. Things go well for awhile, and then differences in their definition of "commitment" begin to push them apart. Mark wants other sexual adventures, David tries to go along. Can they talk through the crisis in their relationship or is a breakup in the offing? David sees his relationship with Mark as a marriage, so if it ends, can David's heart ever heal? Written by <[email protected]>

        Act of Vengeance

        Act of Vengeance

          • R
          • 90 min
          • Crime

          Five women learn martial arts in order to punish a rapist who wears a hockey mask.

          Attica

          Attica

            • Unrated
            • 80 min
            • Documentary

            In 1971, inmates at Attica State Prison seized control of D-yard and took 35 hostages after peaceful efforts for reforms failed. Attica investigates the rebellion and its bloody suppression, revealing institutionalized injustices, sanctioned dishonesty, and abuses of power.

            Bad Man's River

            Bad Man's River

              • 92 min
              • Comedy

              Robber Roy King loses his wife, Alicia, to revolutionary Montero. Despite their rivalry they collaborate in an attempt to rob the Mexican government of one million dollars.

              Beloved Electra

              Beloved Electra

                • Unrated
                • 70 min
                • Drama

                Reminiscent of the latter works of Bela Tarr, Miklos Jancso's "Beloved Electra" is comprised of a series of extremely slow and extremely long takes (there are just eight principal shots, each lasting an entire reel of film). More contemplative music video than conventional film, "Beloved Electra" is based on "Oresteia", a Greek myth written by Aeschylus, an ancient tragedian. The film stars Mari Toriocsik as Electra, a tortured woman who serves as a kind of metaphor for the people of Hungary and their historic suffering. She roams Jancso's landscape with a melancholic face, angry at Aegisztosz for conspiring with her mother to kill Agamemnon, her father.

                Black Belt Jones

                Black Belt Jones

                  • R
                  • 87 min
                  • Action

                  When the mob puts pressure on an African-American karate school to close down, an African-American federal agent is asked to intervene.

                  Blood on the Mountain

                  Blood on the Mountain

                    • Unrated
                    • 71 min
                    • Adventure

                    A story about friendship and forgiveness. Fury explodes high above the Royal Gorge in the spectacular Colorado mountains. Two fugitives run for their lives. A bitter cop seeks revenge for his wife’s death.