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The current practice of putting credits at the end of a film rather than the beginning will work to the advantage of audiences who come across W. E. in the future: they’re more likely to view it with an open mind if they don’t realize until it’s over that it was directed by Madonna.


For about half the time I spent watching Rampart, I assumed that it would suffice to tell you that it is a cop story written by James Ellroy (in collaboration with the film’s director, Oren Moverman). Ellroy has made a career writing about obsessed Los Angeles cops who live and work with a shifting relationship to what we call the law, and this film’s Dave Brown looked to be just another version of that sturdy model.

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