A good year for women on film, as exemplified in new releases The Eyes of My Mother, Miss Sloane, and more
Matthew Lickona 5 p.m., Dec. 9
Although it finds room, in its three hours, for nearly every known gangster-movie gambit, there is no sense of having gotten at last to the bottom of the criminal underworld. The refined pictorial compositions and lighting effects are styled, misguidedly, after Rembrandt rather than the daily tabloids. And Marlon Brando's scene-stealing tactics are sufficiently selfish to unbalance any movie, even one with such a sizable population of stalwart performers — Robert Duvall, Richard Castellano, James Caan, Richard Conte, Sterling Hayden. Also starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and John Cazale; based on the novel by Mario Puzo; directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 1972.