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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% The Spiral Staircase (1946) This is a smooth production of an obvious, though suspenseful murder thriller, ably acted and directed. Mood and pace are well set, and story grips throughout. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2016
85% Sign o' the Times (1987) Prince provides musicvideo addicts with a pure fix of visual and aural synchronicity. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2016
55% Jungle Book (1942) As directed by Zoltan Korda, the fiction takes secondary place to the highly interesting and sometimes amazing views of jungle animals in the brilliance of colored photography. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 15, 2016
50% Privilege (1967) Trouble with Privilege is that it cannot make up its mind whether it's a crusading film for the intelligentsia or a snide, 'with it' comedy. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 12, 2016
78% The Devil Is a Woman (1935) While Devil is a somewhat monotonous picture, Sternberg has given it clever photography and background. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 8, 2016
No Score Yet Valley of the Kings (1954) The backgrounds offer more freshness to the film than does the routine story. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 5, 2016
100% Mr. Lucky (1943) Picture carries an authentic ring to operations of bigtime gamblers, and it faithfully follows the professional premise of 'never give the sucker a break, but never cheat a friend'. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 25, 2015
100% Cry, the Beloved Country (1952) A very moving film, full of simplicity and charm. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 23, 2015
30% Two Minute Warning (1976) An off-the-beaten-track story of a football stadium crowd menaced by a sniper, combined with above-average plotting, acting and direction. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 27, 2015
100% Age of Consent (1969) The picture has immense charm and the actual photography (particularly underwater scenes) and superb scenery make it a good travelog ad for the Great Barrier Reef area where most of it was filmed. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 17, 2015
17% Viva Knievel! (1977) Evel the actor emerges from the wreck in better shape than the bent careers of his veteran co-stars, Gene Kelly, Marjoe Gortner, Red Buttons, Lauren Hutton and Leslie Nielsen. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 4, 2015
0% Inchon (1981) Unintentionally laughable. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2015
94% Sherlock Jr. (1924) This Buster Keaton feature length comedy is about as unfunny as a hospital operating room. ‐ Variety
Posted May 29, 2015
67% Rowdy Rathore (2012) Big, dumb and pretty good fun once the flat first hour is over, Bollywood masala Rowdy Rathore makes the grade on the strength of Akshay Kumar's charismatic dual perfs as a supercop killed on duty and a lookalike thief who takes his place. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 22, 2015
40% Androcles and the Lion (1953) Bernard Shaw's satirical comedy on Romans and Christians provides the basis for a fair film offering. Picture is a curious mixture of basic comedy and Shavian wit. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 4, 2015
100% Wild River (1960) In studying a slice of national socio-economic progress in terms of people, it catches something timeless and essential in the human spirit and shapes it in the American image. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 19, 2015
84% El Norte (1984) It is beautifully lensed and comes across as a kind of giant Renaissance canvas. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2014
85% Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is a joyous docu that effortlessly weaves luminary rock interviews with performance footage mostly shot at Berry's 60th birthday bash concert at the Fox Theatre St Louis. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2014
75% Daisies (2012) Two zany young teenage girls are the focus of this extremely funny, witty and expertly-fashioned film. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 26, 2014
91% Cluny Brown (1946) Whammo entertainment. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 5, 2014
65% Wild in the Streets (1968) An often chilling political science fiction drama, with comedy, the production considers the takeover of American government by the preponderant younger population. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 4, 2014
31% The Rookie (1990) Overlong, sadistic and stale even by the conventions of the buddy pic genre ... ‐ Variety
Posted May 27, 2014
60% Running Scared (1986) No more original or eventful than an average police TV show, so it must sink or swim on the moment-by-moment cleverness of the dialog and the behavioral talents of Hines and Crystal. Fortunately, these elements prove formidable. ‐ Variety
Posted May 27, 2014
60% Salome (1923) Picturesquely it is very pretty as to lightings, setting and photography, but there ends about all that can be said in praise. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 12, 2014
43% Sodom and Gomorrah (1963) Sodom and Gomorrah has many of the faults of the Biblical epic, but many good qualities. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 5, 2014
71% The Hot Spot (1990) The Hot Spot seeps with atmosphere, unfolds at a deceptively relaxed pace, steadily accumulates noirish grit, then dizzily plunges into a Lynch-like plumbing of the dark passions and nasty secrets at the heart of Main Street, USA. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 1, 2014
99% Gloria (2014) A divorced woman in her late 50s recaptures her life in Sebastian Lelio's pitch-perfect, terrifically written Gloria. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2014
57% The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) Producer-director Paul Newman has made his finest behind-the-camera film to date in the screen version of Paul Zindel's play. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 14, 2014
55% Now, Forager (2012) A lack of dramatic force and zero chemistry between the leads make the film play like a compilation of episodes rather than a flowing narrative, but two sequences are inspired, and the rest has an earnest if underwhelming appeal. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 20, 2013
100% Abraham Lincoln (1930) Abraham Lincoln is a startlingly superlative accomplishment. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 19, 2013
92% Our Nixon (2013) A brisk, eye-opening documentary about the Nixon White House, this triumph of editing is composed of homemovies, accompanied by later TV interviews and priceless audio from the secret tapes, making it a must-see for anyone interested in Americana. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 31, 2013
88% The Big Easy (1987) Until conventional plot contrivances begin to spoil the fun, The Big Easy is a snappy, sassy battle of the sexes in the guise of a melodrama about police corruption. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 31, 2013
20% Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970) Hampered by a thin screenplay, film is padded further by often-pretentious direction by Sidney J. Furie against expansive physical values. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2013
67% The Fox (1967) A beautifully photographed, dramatically uneven Canadian-made film. ‐ Variety
Posted May 8, 2013
67% The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) [The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid] may be a valiant attempt but fails to come off. ‐ Variety
Posted May 8, 2013
29% Hurry Sundown (1967) An outstanding, tasteful but hard-hitting, and handsomely-produced film. ‐ Variety
Posted May 8, 2013
22% Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970) All this is well mounted and lensed but sans the right dramatic flourishes to get human depth, melodramatic gusto or humane symbolism into the right focus. ‐ Variety
Posted May 8, 2013
60% Gaily, Gaily (1969) A lushly staged, handsomely produced, largely unfunny comedy. ‐ Variety
Posted May 6, 2013
0% The Art of Love (1965) Writer Carl Reiner and director Norman Jewison go aground by allowing too many bits to fill their pot. ‐ Variety
Posted May 6, 2013
91% A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923) A Woman of Paris is a serious, sincere effort, with a bang story subtlety of idea-expression. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2013
80% F.I.S.T. (1978) F.I.S.T. is to the labor movement in the United States what All the King's Men was to an era in American politics. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 25, 2013
90% Pandora's Box (1929) Louise Brooks, especially imported for the title role, does not pan out, due to no fault of hers. She is quite unsuited to the vamp type which was called for by the play from which the picture was made. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 27, 2013
83% Hangmen Also Die (1943) From a directorial standpoint this is a triumph for Fritz Lang, who succeeds with singular success in capturing the spirit of the Czech people in the face of the Nazi reign of terror. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 25, 2013
81% ...And Justice for All (1979) Attempts to alternate between comedy and drama, handling neither one incompetently, but also not excelling at either task. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2013
50% Some Girls (1988) A cross-cultural teen sex farce with some good moments, Some Girls hinges on the deadpan comic timing of Patrick Dempsey. ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 17, 2012
82% The Neverending Story (1984) A marvelously realized flight of pure fantasy. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 26, 2012
73% Promised Land (1988) Many scenes are extended to the point that all potential dramatic tension is drained out of them. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2012
96% Supercop (1996) All this is executed with a good deal of panache, if not originality, by stunt coordinator Stanley Tong. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 15, 2012
86% Betrayal (1983) An absorbing, quietly amusing chamber drama for those attuned to Harold Pinter's way with words. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 21, 2012
100% The Ring (1927) Gordon Harker, on the screen for the first time, nearly steals this one as a hard-boiled cynical trainer. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 20, 2012