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Picks and Pans Review: Out There in the Dark

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By Wesley Strick

REVIEWED BY POPE BROCK

MYSTERY

Why any successful Hollywood screenwriter—a life that generally comes with an ocean view, a hot car and regular meals—would want to become a novelist is hard to fathom. But Strick (Arachnophobia) has plunged in with this smoky tale of ’40s Tinseltown. A disgraced cop, a star and a director who may be a Nazi cause each other a lot of trouble. It’s atmospheric and interesting, but Strick can’t seem to decide on a main character. Still, if you like the thought of climbing inside a black-and-white movie, this could be your dish.