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Don Druker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% Applause (1929) Though this is Mamoulian's earliest, it's possibly his freshest film. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 7, 2016
89% The Harder They Come (1973) With this 1972 cult hit, Jamaican filmmaker Perry Henzell produced a proud, forthright indictment of national and personal corruption. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 2, 2015
82% Papillon (1973) Director Franklin J. Schaffner has succeeded in making a two-and-a-half-hour film that seems like six. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 23, 2015
92% Shoot the Piano Player (Tirez sur le pianiste) (1962) Made with enthusiasm and audacity, it still seems fresh. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 23, 2015
100% The Lost World (1925) Harry Hoyt directed, combining incredible special effects (the monsters) and unbearable melodrama (the actors). ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 8, 2015
44% Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna) (1972) Soft-focus spiritual gunk. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 11, 2015
100% Salesman (1968) This 1968 study of door-to-door Bible salesmen in the Boston area and in the south is a superb and truthful look at an American institution -- and at the troubling relationship between fact and fiction, materialism and spiritual values. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 9, 2015
100% Shonen (Boy) (1969) Oshima, the Japanese filmmaker most often compared with Godard, treats the material in a matter-of-fact manner that serves to heighten the dramatic impact and to create one of the most interesting films about children ever made. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 16, 2014
91% The Lion in Winter (1968) James Goldman's screenplay, so chic and sophisticated to the ears of suburbanites, is chock-full of the worst kind of sophomoric fiddling with what Goldman takes to be genuine highfalutin lingo. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 14, 2014
88% Bang The Drum Slowly (1973) The material is trite, but Hancock's slow-motion treatment of the experience of athletic performance is adroit and graceful. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 7, 2014
100% Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) (1961) Elaborately rhetorical at the end, this 1961 film nevertheless develops its theme lucidly and with some of Bergman's most unforgettable sequences. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 23, 2013
80% Riten (The Rite) (The Ritual) (1969) A rarely seen but thoroughly captivating example of filmed chamber theater. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 22, 2013
100% The Gang's All Here (1943) Busby Berkeley's most audacious film. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 13, 2013
91% Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) A thoughtful, intelligent film that nearly makes up in style and conviction what it lacks in dramatic substance. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 1, 2013
25% Detroit 9000 (1998) A gritty, disturbing evocation of the ambiguities of big-city police work. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 4, 2013
100% Woman in the Dunes (Suna no Onna) (1964) A bizarre film, distinguished not so much by Kobo Abe's rather obvious screenplay as by Teshigahara's arresting visual style of extreme depth of focus, immaculate detail, and graceful eroticism. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 4, 2013
90% Pandora's Box (1929) One of the classic films of the German silent era. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 27, 2013
98% Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) (1949) Undeniably the most important neorealist film after Rossellini's Open City. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 14, 2013
95% Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) (1946) A sublime, sumptuous film directed by Jean Cocteau with the help of Rene Clement. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 7, 2012
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) This is classic Capracorn. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 29, 2012
84% Operation Petticoat (1959) Blake Edwards directs with his customary wit, breeziness, and acute sense of pacing. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 15, 2012
90% Magnificent Obsession (1954) [Sirk provides] a coolly formal approach to otherwise unwieldy projects. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 30, 2012
92% Mister Roberts (1955) Henry Fonda stars, as brilliant as ever. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012
97% The Thin Man (1934) One of the most popular comedies ever made. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012
100% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932) Based on a true story, its style is simple, direct, forceful -- even after more than six decades. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012
95% Stage Door (1937) While it sometimes lapses into pure corn, it nevertheless manages to capture the manic-depressive dormitory atmosphere of young actresses trying to make it in New York. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012
100% Captain Blood (1935) Michael Curtiz, the most polished of Warner's studio technicians, starts Flynn off royally. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012
71% The Towering Inferno (1974) Irwin Allen, the Busby Berkeley of natural disasters and other people's troubles, teams up with John Guillermin, a competent if undistinguished action director. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 3, 2012
94% Wanda (1971) A brilliantly atmospheric film with a superb performance by Loden. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 22, 2011
89% Thieves Like Us (1974) At times unbearably objective. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 23, 2011
100% National Velvet (1944) A good movie for kids and armchair Freudians. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 23, 2011
No Score Yet Bank Shot (1974) The best thing about the film is Harry Stradling Jr.'s super photography - but that's scarcely enticement to see a really minor Scott vehicle. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 23, 2010
100% Ikiru (1956) Akira Kurosawa's greatest film. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 27, 2009
100% The Dark Corner (1946) A pretty good thriller. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 3, 2009
98% Chinatown (1974) Polanski's film suggests that the rules of the game are written in some strange, untranslatable language, and that everyone's an alien and, ultimately, a victim. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 27, 2009
100% There Was a Father (1942) A delicate, straightforward exhortation to duty and sacrifice, presented with both humor and a kind of unforced serenity. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 18, 2008
82% On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) Director Peter Hunt manages to inject some life into this 1969 exercise with a wonderful ski chase, but otherwise the film is a bore. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 13, 2008
91% The Women (1939) [Cukor is] at his best with a cast that includes Rosalind Russell, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Hedda Hopper, Ruth Hussey, Paulette Goddard, and Joan Fontaine. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 11, 2008
76% Charlotte's Web (1973) It preserves some of the form and language of White's original but fattens and sweetens his lean and pungent prose with songs by Richard and Robert Sherman. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 9, 2008
88% Fantastic Planet (1973) The film has a flat quality that cannot entirely be overcome by the sensational animation and the obvious good intentions of its creators. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 9, 2008
90% Pat and Mike (1952) The best of the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn cycle. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 4, 2008
94% Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) (1930) The first film collaboration between Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich, this reeks with decay and sexuality. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 28, 2008
80% Richard III (1956) Laurence Olivier's classic rendition (1956) of Shakespeare's total villain contains one of his most engaging performances and reveals some of his best spatial manipulation of action. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 9, 2008
63% The Way We Were (1973) A for effort; C for execution. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 26, 2008
90% Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different (1972) Fans will have most of it memorized by now. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 14, 2008
100% The Big Heat (1953) Brutal, atmospheric, and exciting -- highly recommended. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 9, 2008
100% The Killers (1946) An example of film noir at its most expressive. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 8, 2008
90% Blazing Saddles (1974) One of the funniest awful movies ever made. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 2, 2008
93% California Split (1974) Robert Altman's masterful 1974 study of the psychology of the compulsive gambler. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 25, 2008
55% Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) The music quickly becomes monotonous, and the operatic dialogue is silly right from the start. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 19, 2008