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Steven Rea

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

What do striking miners in Margaret Thatcher-era Britain, persecuted journalists in Iran and Nicaragua, a brilliant code-breaker exposed as a homosexual, a brilliant physicist debilitated by Lou Gehrig's disease, a Newtown Square multimillionaire turned killer, a British romantic landscape artist in his sunset years, a reformed addict on a 1,100-mile trek, an Olympic-track-star prisoner of war, and a pair of 1950s kitschmongers with a penchant for saucer-eyed waifs have in common?
The Drop Tense, evocative neo-noir, expanded from a Dennis Lehane short story, with Tom Hardy as a Brooklyn barkeep and Noomi Rapace as the woman who walks into his life - and into a mess of trouble, when the bar is robbed by masked gunmen. With James Gandolfini, in his swansong role, and a pitbull pup that figures prominently. R
'Man on Her Mind' is a hackneyed, awkward flop
Why Philly loves David Lynch

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