A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
"Selznick managed to create the cinematic equivalent of "the best of times" without a downside."
" it is well made, well timed and funny as all get out. There is some very smart, creative filmmaking involved as well in the way the stories are told."
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
"One of the all-time great romantic films stars Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan as two slightly antagonistic clerks working in the same store who do not realize they have been corresponding with one another and are in love."
My Darling Clementine (1946)
"The first couple of times we saw My Darling Clementine on the late show we watched the beginning, fell asleep in the middle, woke up at the end, and thought we had sat through one of the best films we had ever seen. Then we finally forced ourselves to sta"
"A dandy Halloween feature with a good needle-in-the-butt jump every five minutes or so"
Morning Glory (1933)
"it is a lousy movie and Hepburn's performance, after some strikingly enigmatic opening moments, is embarrassingly bad."
"The film's color scheme is like a makeup counter display, and the narrative has the same sort of spirit, with dabs of humor that gloss over or disrupt the heroine's grief."
Porky's Revenge (1985)
" This installment lacks the cujones of Bob Clark's brilliantly hysterical original, but it tries to mix the same formula of sexually-oriented practical jokes and life-imperiling revenge."
The Gate (1987)
" It is not a great horror film, but you never get the urge to turn it off, either."
"There are sufficient action scenes, however, to keep small persons attentive, and enough plot (the valley where the creatures live runs out of water and they argue over rationing while searching for a new source) to hold the action together."
"the narrative seems delicate but precise, and it is difficult to say why the story and the images are so captivating, except that the film’s modulation of revelation, beauty and anticipation is exquisite."
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
"The film's engaging use of Greek mythology, entertaining supporting performances (the star, Todd Armstrong, is a bit bland), and outstanding model work (A six-headed Hydra! Seven fencing skeletons!) make it an ideal collector's classic."
The Principal (1987)
"James Belushi is great in The Principal, whether he is giving a speech, throwing out a one-liner, or just raising an eyebrow."
Dark Passage (1947)
" The plot has some admirable twists and turns and Agnes Moorehead, as the villainess, has three wonderfully showy scenes."
"Except for a poorly madeup horse who is supposed to be a trained zebra, everyone in the cast gives believable performances and the action is logical and well paced."
Out of the Dark (1989)
"The identity of the murderer is a contrived surprise, and the editing is a little too cute for its own good."
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
"The engaging dramatic biography celebrates Bruce Lee's spirit using a rough outline of his career as a narrative guide."
Imagine: John Lennon (1988)
"The documentary film covers familiar ground, but it is a story most people never get tired of hearing"
" The episode ends with rousing heroism, as the hero climbs aboard a burning ship to alter its course and save the endangered fleet."
"As Fifties monster movies go, the 1957 production isn't bad. There are a couple of good shock cuts, a special attention paid to idiosyncratic supporting players, and the usual mix of romance, military efficiency and doomed teenagers."
"Minnelli's portrayal of a hooker is poorly written and difficult to accept, but everything else in the plot flows comfortably."
Le Boucher (1971)
"In multiple viewings, Chabrol's technique becomes more and more gripping, as every camera angle and every movement within the frame or of the frame appears to comment somehow on the characters, their environment, or on the unrefined core of the human psyc"
Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (1990)
"the film is too artistic for its own good while claiming to recreate events and characters faithfully. Once the premise is established, however, the narrative achieves the "true crime" tone it is reaching for and the film becomes much more satisfying, esp"
Fire Down Below (1997)
"The eco-hero who strikes fear in the heart of every polluting industrialist and sighs of pity in the heart of every fashion designer, Steven Seagal, takes his act to the backwoods of Kentucky"
Orchestra Wives (1942)
"a bared teeth comedy about the gossiping and back biting that goes on among the wives of the band members."
The Duellists (1977)
"the film improves with multiple screenings, as a viewer becomes less concerned about the outcome of each engagement, and more interested in the passion that is driving it."
Mo' Better Blues (2004)
"Spike Lee's film is filled with promising ideas and moments of technical virtuosity."
"There are marvelous performances by several British character actors, especially Denholm Elliott and Ian Bannen, and feelings of nerve-racking paranoia are evoked as a reporter, played by Gabriel Byrne, uncovers unexpected motives while investigating a Ca"
Cold Turkey (1971)
" at its best it is amusingly frantic and uses the cast in a number of effective characterizations"
"The special effects are great, the atmosphere is super, and the drama is intelligent. There is also plenty of gore."
"the film's travelogue footage is the only thing that seems to save it from pointlessness."
The American President (1995)
"as the 1995 film veers away from the romance, into definable (and dated) political issues, it loses some of its magic."
Death Takes a Holiday (1934)
"A lofty but transfixing allegory, the film remains captivating because its central plot device is so different from most movies, then or now."
Seven Days in May (1964)
"Based upon a potboiling bestseller novel, Frankenheimer brings an artistic sense to the film, but he can only take it so far."
The Last House on the Left (1972)
" if one is not disgusted enough to stop watching, one is left wishing that the movie would show more than it does"
"Approached as a caper film or a revenge-and-murder thriller, the movie is unsatisfying, but seen as a love story in which criminal activities are used to provide tension and an atmosphere of isolation, it is brilliantly unnerving"
Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)
"a competently produced family feature"
The Big One (1998)
"when he's retelling his experiences in front of an audience his sense of timing is impeccable and he is quite funny"
Flesh And Bone (1993)
"the whole movie rests on the interaction of the two characters and the appeal of the stars who embody them"
Song of the Thin Man (1947)
"the film flows less smoothly than its predecessors"
Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
"there are some inspired twists at the end"
"What is exceptional about the film is its comprehensive structure."
A League of Their Own (1992)
"the film combines humor, historical trivia, and the thrill of baseball to create a fully entertaining, fictional tale"
Buck Privates Come Home (1947)
"The feature culminates in an elaborate automobile race."
Days of Thunder (1990)
"The film's whole narrative structure begins to disintegrate on the second viewing, if it hasn't already done so on the first."
Jingle All the Way (1997)
"The film is rescued by a strong third act, but getting there is torture."
"the film's pace is deadly slow and aimless"
"the characters are reasonably interesting and the plot has sufficient drama to entertain"
Above Suspicion (1995)
"a fairly satisfying murder thriller, with a particularly memorable, well-acted climax"
Blow Out (1981)
"the filmmakers seem more concerned with their art or their in-jokes than with satisfying an audience"