Cinema: Wonder Woman

CLEOPATRA JONES

Directed by JACK STARRETT

Screenplay by ELEANOR PERRY

A modest few cheers for Jack Starrett, a director with an affection for razzle-dazzle action and a talent for staging the kind of outsize violence that is comic and compelling at the same time. His movies are burdened with lapses of taste and a lot of jokes that are vintage Elks-lodge stuff. But they have a flat-out rhythm, a certain sleazy charm, and an emphatically visceral impact.

Cleopatra Jones chronicles the highly unbelievable exploits of a female superagent (Tamara Dobson) who is black, tough, gorgeous...

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