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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 61% History of the World---Part I (1981) Mel Brooks's movie History of the World, Part 1 is a rambling, undisciplined, sometimes embarrassing failure from one of the most gifted comic filmmakers around.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980) Since the movie's center is wrong, not much of anything works.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
1.5/4 43% Bad Timing (1980) This film has been praised for its honesty, but it would have taken far more honesty (not to mention courage) to deal with the personality disorders of these characters instead of simply burying them in blood, sex, and noise.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet In God We Tru$t (In God We Trust) (Gimme That Prime Time Religion) (1980) The movie itself is a broadside attack on televised evangelists, particularly the kind who promise quick results from God if you send in your cash donations fast. This is an old target, and Feldman contributes nothing original to the attack.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Clair de Femme (1979) Clair de Femme is one of those movies that provides a strange two-level- viewing experience: It moves along for two hours looking exactly like a great idea for a movie, but it never quite becomes the movie.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Coast to Coast (1980) The narrative strategy of Coast to Coast is to repeat the same scenes over and over again, in the hope that if they've worked once, who knows? Maybe they'll work again.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
1.5/4 69% Dead Man (1995) Dead Man is a strange, slow, unrewarding movie that provides us with more time to think about its meaning than with meaning. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/4 100% Mon Oncle d'Amérique (1980) The characters are sympathetic, the narrative is well-constructed, and we care. But consider one sequence. In itself it is perfectly absorbing. Then see how Resnais deconstructs it.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/4 100% Vengeance Is Mine (1979) The film gathers fearful force.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
2/4 69% Don Juan DeMarco (1994) Brando doesn't so much walk through this movie as coast, in a gassy, self-indulgent performance no one else could have gotten away with.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Night Games (1980) Well, the movie's premise is obviously shoddy. But is the movie's visual strategy any better? Are we really thrilled by those nighttime chases through the deserted mansion? Not really.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Northern Lights (1982) The filmmakers, John Hanson and Rob Nilsson, use the documentary springboard of Martinson's memories to move into a film that also looks like a documentary.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Why Would I Lie? (1980) Why Would I Lie? made me very angry while I was watching it, because it is both a glorification of the arrogant stupidity of its central character, and an insult to the intelligence of its audience. Not a bad double play.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Immortal Bachelor (1975) It assembles characters of such incredible stupidity that we instantly lose interest in them, and then marches them through a plot so mechanical that we can anticipate everything that happens.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
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1.5/4 40% Yes, Giorgio (1982) This is a bad movie, but it would have been a great deal worse were it not for Pavarotti's almost childlike charm.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/4 71% Pink Floyd - The Wall (1982) This isn't the most fun to listen to and some viewers don't find it to much fun to watch, but the 1982 film is without question the best of all serious fiction films devoted to rock.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Jinxed (1982) This is a messed-up movie that throws away what few opportunities it has to entertain us, and gets totally lost in a plot that starts as comedy and moves through farce on its way to paralysis.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Eu Te Amo (I Love You) (1982) The movie eventually arrives at a heavily symbolic ending, with the actors addressing the audience directly and bursting into song and dance. Metaphor-hunters are welcome to pick among the ruins for symbols and meanings.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3.5/4 89% Taxi zum Klo (Taxi to the Toilet) (1981) Taxi zum Klo is an unsparingly honest film, documentary matched with (I assume) docudrama, in which Ripploh reveals himself fearlessly.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Paper Lion (1968) The scenes on the football field are absorbing and hilarious by turns; I imagine pro football fans will enjoy the movie enormously.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
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2.5/4 No Score Yet Man and Boy (1971) The movie lacks structure and discipline, and we're left hanging too often while plot points are shoveled in.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Joe Hill (1971) Widerberg doesn't take the Wobbly brand of anarcho-syndicalism, the "one big union" philosophy, at all seriously. It's not that he should; it's that the movie is lightweight because he doesn't.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Desperate Characters (1971) The movie's characters are decent people, but morally exhausted. They have no way or desire to keep going; yet they hang on raggedly to a city existence that's taken any sense of balance or sanity. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Broken Rainbow (1985) If a documentary cannot convince us of its basic journalistic accuracy, then it is just opinion and polemic, and the material might have been treated more effectively as fiction.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Jack Johnson (1973) It is nearly always fascinating -- old, resurrected newsreel film affects me something like a time machine -- but it doesn't necessarily penetrate to the man Jack Johnson. We are left with the public figure.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Making It (1971) Like the adolescent it's about, Making It has an inadequate attention span.The strange thing, though, is that a fundamentally good movie seems to be trying to break through the B.S.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/4 0% Something Big (1971) I haven't seen a Dean Martin movie since How to Save A Marriage and Ruin Your Life where his talent was really used.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971) The reason Marriage of a Young Stockbroker doesn't work, I imagine, is that it doesn't start from scratch in getting into the mind of its protagonist.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971) One of the hazards of movie comedy is that it's almost impossible to be sure that what reads funny will look funny. The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, an uncertain comedy based on Jimmy Breslin's funny novel, supplies plenty of examples.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Going Home (1971) Going Home is a fairly awful melodrama that's worth seeing primarily for the presence of Robert Mitchum. Not that he's especially good... It's just that he's there, the kind of screen presence that draws your attention.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
0.5/4 No Score Yet The Last Affair (1976) The Last Affair is an appallingly bad movie - so completely bankrupt in ideas, in characterization, in simple common sense that it's little wonder its makers bought a theater to get it shown.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
2/4 80% A Matter of Time (1976) The movie just doesn't hold together... And yet we sit in this failed movie and give our attention to Ingrid Bergman, and there is a certain consolation.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet From Noon Till Three (1976) The movie opens unsteadily and takes too long to close, but the things that happen between noon and three give us new ideas about Bronson's possibilities.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Alex & The Gypsy (1976) Alex and the Gypsy takes a strange, disjointed story and tells it with enough style that the movie sometimes works in spite of itself.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Next Man (1976) A movie with an impenetrable plot that nevertheless has its moments.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
3/4 43% The Portrait of a Lady (1996) I think if you care for James, you must see it. It is not an adaptation but an interpretation. It gives us Isabel from a new angle. And it is well acted. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2.5/4 42% My Life (1993) My Life should be a more rigorous and single-minded film; maybe it started that way, before getting spoonfuls of honey to make the medicine go down. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/4 59% Malice (1993) Offhand, this is the only movie I can recall in which an entire subplot about a serial killer is thrown in simply for atmosphere.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/4 100% Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) It's easy to imagine it being sentimentalized by a studio executive, being made more upbeat for the audience. That's not McCarey.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2/4 0% T.R. Baskin (1971) The problem is that everyone in the movie acts so stupidly. Real people of average intelligence would have cut through this plot in about three minutes, and the movie would have been over. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Hero at Large (1980) Hero at Large is a big, dumb, silly, good-hearted albatross of a comedy that may find an audience among John Ritter fans but did not find one with me.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Crime and Passion (1975) If you somehow find yourself viewing Crime and Passion, notice the complete confusion of plot and tone.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet The River Niger (1976) The River Niger, a film about a series of crises in an American black family, has good intentions and several very well-acted scenes. But its direction is a mess.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet The Black Windmill (1974) The Black Windmill commits the one crime no thriller can be pardoned for. It's not thrilling. It's also terribly passive and static, and Siegel directs Caine almost to a standstill.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Mr. Ricco (1975) Mr. Ricco keeps us waiting through two hours of yawn inducing "suspense" for an ending that's totally off the wall.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Counterpoint (1967) Counterpoint is possibly the most unlikely war movie of 1968, but it has a perverse charm and a lot of good classical music.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Pendulum (1969) It's so badly written and indifferently directed that it degrades its subject; a few more movies like this could put lawnorder out of business for good.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Duffy (1968) Duffy is a movie mostly made up of pauses. Unhappily, Parrish does not understand the pause, and so what we mostly get are dead spaces with James Coburn smiling enigmatically.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Where It's At (1969) Janssen is the best thing in this dreary, disjointed project.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet First Love (1970) When a movie moves slowly we're supposed to appreciate the "pacing," and it is a great day when a director "succeeds in establishing a mood," even if that mood is boredom in the audience.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018