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'Dying of the Light': Prosaic, not poetic
'Dying of the Light': Prosaic, not poetic

If "Dying of the Light" becomes veteran writer-director Paul Schrader's last film — the "Taxi Driver" screenwriter recently announced he's devoting his energies to Web series — there will always be an asterisk next to it. That's because this spy thriller, starring Nicolas Cage as an embittered, dementia-suffering CIA veteran hunting down a terrorist (Alexander Karim) who eluded his grasp decades ago, was taken away from him in the editing room. Schrader's name is still on the film, but it's hard to believe the choppy result reflects his vision, which has often in the past ("American Gigolo," "Mishima," "Light...

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