The Wild One (1954)
"Marlon Brando stars as the leader of a motorcycle gang who somewhat inadvertantly cause a great deal of trouble in a small town."
The Haunting (1963)
" few filmmakers have drawn fright from nothingness as adeptly as Robert Wise did"
Melies the Magician (2001)
"The middle section is spellbinding"
"A better-than-average horror film"
Boston Kickout (1995)
"a relaxed and fairly satisfying coming-of-age story"
Children of the Damned (1963)
"attempts to repeat the success of the first film"
"It was so well made that it still works today."
The Puppet Masters (1994)
" its story logic is solid, its science is satisfying and its thrills are nerve-wracking"
Nanook of the North (1922)
"It was so well made that it still works today."
The Razor's Edge (1946)
" Often pushing against Production Code limits, it is a fine execution of the novel"
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
" a good mix of mystery, fantasy, and adventure"
Crimes of Passion (1984)
"The satire is too awfully confused about the differences between sex and love to be making profound or ironic statements about the nature of romance."
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
"the situation is so silly the film remains compellingly charming"
Menace II Society (1993)
"Stylistically the film is brilliant, making repeat viewings highly appealing."
Playgirls and the Vampire (1999)
"the actual drama isn’t bad"
The League of Gentlemen (1959)
" Fans who love nothing better than to get lost in the intricate plans of a complex robbery will be in heaven."
Drop Squad (1994)
" a jumble of promising ideas that failed to gel"
The Last Broadcast (1998)
" At its best, it is very creepy"
The Loved One (1965)
"its humors are unorganized and it can easily seem desperate and dumb"
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
"The film’s basic premise is just too compelling to resist."
Viva Zapata! (1952)
" Elia Kazan's only stab at an action picture"
"A perfect piece of escapist entertainment"
Purple Rain (1984)
"Those who are looking for a two-hour music video with a coherent story will not be disappointed."
War Requiem (1990)
"The rhythm of the images attunes the viewer to the music's components."
" A fairly good martial arts tale"
A Zed and Two Noughts (1990)
"As fascinating and exciting as the images are, however, the drama is ridiculous as all get out."
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Bad Boys II (2003)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
"Orson Welles' heavily chopped up drama, it is still a nostalgic, dramatically powerful tale and should ultimately be savored for what it is rather than rejected for what it is not."
"he narrative on the 76 minute film is essentially three 20-odd minute television-style segments, each with a different setting and art direction. The link that holds them together is strong enough that the film is effective on a basic, children's entertai"
A Boy and His Dog (1975)
"Set on a desert landscape a while after a nuclear holocaust, the film is about a young man, played by Don Johnson, who has a telepathic bond with a dog, the latter basically being the smarter of the two. He helps the dog find food and the dog helps him sn"
The Fisher King (1991)
"Unlike the standard Fisher King tale, the concerns of individuals within the film are more important than the concerns of society. Terry Gilliam's myth feels more like a lark, a safe little foray into a mythic world of impoverished individuals who don't"
Beethoven's 3rd (2000)
"From a dramatic standpoint, there is not even the level of emotional depth achieved by the second Beethoven film, but as basic and unimaginative as the slapstick often is, it delivers to its target audience."
Oh, God! You Devil (1984)
"George Burns stars in both title roles, primarily the second one. As Satan, he tempts a young musician with stardom and luxury. Burns's timing is often impeccable and he can make silly lines such as his hotel room exit, "If you want anything I'm in 666,""
"Die Hard in a nuke factory with a robot for a bad guy. A group of apparent terrorists, led by an indestructible android, take over a weapons complex, while a man, a woman and her child, running loose, eventually thwart their efforts. The acting is errat"
"It is for desperate fans only and is pretty bad even by the loose standards of the genre. It concerns a little boy learning about bravery by dreaming about Godzilla and Godzilla's baby. Godzilla's baby also talks to the boy, who then foils the plans of tw"
Jack-O Lantern (1995)
"A cheap horror effort, it has pathetic acting, a jumbled up story and limpid pacing, yet there are several nice murders and somehow, for all its shortcomings, the film seems to capture the spirit of the day it honors. It is basically about a guy with a bi"
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
" It is an engaging, old-fashioned movie, using the right blend of thoughtful artistry and matinee thrills, with a touch of eroticism to spice things up."
Second Best (1994)
"William Hurt portrays an unmarried Welsh postmaster who decides to adopt a child after his own parents pass away. Both he and the boy he is assigned have psychological scars, and the gradual revelation of these inner pains is what fuels the plot, but the"
Murphy's Law (1986)
"It takes seven minutes for the credits to finish appearing during the opening and once they are over, so is the suspense."
Mildred Pierce (1945)
"Most of the story has nothing to do with crime, and is instead about the efforts of Crawford’s character to better herself (she starts a popular restaurant) so she can remain in the good graces of her relentlessly snobbish daughter. It is a clever b"
The Wolves of Kromer (2000)
"Although there is plenty of outdoor location work, the film feels like the stageplay adaptation that it is. A dramatic satire, there are two plot strands. In one, a pair of elderly ladies plan the murder of another elderly woman they are caring for, just"
Cutthroat Island (1995)
" The drama is shallow and superficial, but there is a coherent, forward-moving plot, enjoyable characters, numerous, elaborately staged action scenes and wall-to-wall sound. What's not to like? The film never slows down, leaping from one set of perils to"
Carlito's Way (1993)
"The film is a redundancy and only those who have played Brian De Palma's other movies so much they've memorized the dialogue are going to be interested. Al Pacino portrays a reformed gangster trying to break away from his earlier lifestyle. Needless to sa"
Dead of Night (1945)
" The anthology film's clever structure allows even the weakest of the sketches to be effective, because there is less of a need to balance the impact of each story."
The Star Chamber (1983)
"While the movie is set in L.A., the rules of justice appear exaggerated to the point where the film seems to be taking place in a different country, but it doesn't really matter. It would be great fun just to put up your feet and watch director Peter Hyam"
"Pleasantly entertaining and intelligent, it does not create enough of a spiritual mystery to move the heart, but watching the characters droolingly circle one another has its own, more earthly rewards."
The Long Night (1947)
"Henry Fonda had a number of classic film roles, but it is incredibly exciting to see the raw sensitivity and confidence he delivers in Long Night , which ranks among the very best of his performances, all the more so because of its relative obscurity."