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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% Betrayal (1983) An absorbing, quietly amusing chamber drama for those attuned to Harold Pinter's way with words.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2012
57% Poor Cow (1967) Kenneth Loach uses an improvisatory technique in all this, and it largely works. Thesps were given the gist and trend of the dialog, and permitted to embroider it with their own words.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
33% A Royal Scandal (1945) A Royal Scandal is a highly hilarious comedy with superb performances by Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
No Score Yet 40 Pounds of Trouble (1963) Precocious and likeable.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
No Score Yet Stella Dallas (1925) A mother picture. Not a great picture, but a great mother picture. Its sentiment is terrific.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
85% Applause (1929) This is the real old burlesque, in its background, people and atmosphere. So was Beth Brown's book, and Garret Fort has adapted with sufficient fidelity to hold together the odd story that makes an odd picture.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
100% The Leopard (1963) A magnificent film, munificently outfitted and splendidly acted by a large cast dominated by Burt Lancaster's standout stint in the title role.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
100% This Happy Breed (1944) Film's excellence comes mainly in the performances.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
82% Scarface (1983) Performances are all extremely effective, with Pacino leading the way.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
97% Notorious (1946) Production and directorial skill of Alfred Hitchcock combine with a suspenseful story and excellent performances to make Notorious force entertainment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
94% Wanda (1971) [The film] grows in observation, insight and impact as it goes along.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
86% Accident (1967) A firstrate cast is headed by Bogarde, who wins sympathy for his superficially cold character, and his contained way with emotion is superbly right. But the main acting surprise is contributed by Stanley Baker.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
20% Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983) The sense of fun in that original is missing and the countless smashups and near-misses are orchestrated randomly.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
98% Das Boot (1981) Everything described in the film is authentic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
72% Roar (1981) The noble intentions of director-writer-producer Noel Marshall and his actress-wife Tippi Hedren shine through the faults and short-comings of Roar.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
0% The Sting II (1983) So much of the intricate plot is explained in dialog that the first half of the film often seems like someone reading an instruction book.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
No Score Yet Sebastian (1969) Very good direction, acting and dialog are apparent in Sebastian, but a fatal flaw in basic plotting makes this production just a moderately entertaining Cold War comedy-drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
80% Breaking the Sound Barrier (The Sound Barrier) (1952) Technically, artistically and emotionally, this is a topflight British offering.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
25% The Black Bird (1975) The general tenor of the film shows a sentimental empathy for the original material with no heartless put-downs marring the work. There are lots of smiles, many chuckles, and a few strong laughs.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
No Score Yet Sparrows Can't Sing (1963) Booth is a striking personality, a punchy blend of toughness, potential evil and irresistible charm.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
80% The Pirates of Penzance (1983) Gilbert & Sullivan's durable The Pirates of Penzance has been turned into an elaborate screen musical by basically the same hands responsible for Joseph Papp's smash New York Shakespeare Festival and Broadway stage production, and result is a delight.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
83% An American Romance (1944) King Vidor's story, coupled with his forthright direction and the excellent acting, are assets that add up to a winning total.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
40% Pin-Up Girl (1944) It's all very pleasing and pleasant.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
20% A Place for Lovers (1968) ith Vittorio De Sica's direction, the eye-pleasing atmosphere of the Italian Alps and Marcello Mastroianni and Faye Dunaway a good team as a pair of ill-starred lovers, there's enough pull.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
60% Hickey & Boggs (2000) Suffers through audience never being entirely certain as to the identity of some of the characters.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
No Score Yet Sweeney! (1977) David Wickes' direction and Chris Burt's editing produce a dull package.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
No Score Yet The President's Lady (1953) Through it all, Charlton Heston supplies the kind of ammunition to this film that is as loaded as any carbine slung across his broad shoulders.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
75% Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) Dedicated, exhilarating, shrewd, mocking, funny, emotional, witty, poignant and technically brilliant.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
58% Waterland (1992) A talented but terminally parched piece of literary cinema.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
100% All Through the Night (1941) Bogart, as retired mobster turned bigtime gambler, is easy to take.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
93% Beauty and the Beast (1991) A lovely film that ranks with the best of Disney's animated classics.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
96% The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan) (1993) Most of this is smoothly done and scripted with plenty of incident.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
100% The Cool World (1964) Sometimes the characters get a bit lost in the general schematics of the pic, which at times waters down its underlying irony. But, overall, Clarke has a firm hold on her characters and story.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
57% Noah's Ark (1928) The Warner staff show everything conceivable under the sun -- mobs, mobs and mobs; Niagaras of water; train wreck; war aplenty; crashes; deluges and everything.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
62% The End (1978) A tasteless and overripe comedy that disintegrates very early into hysterical, undisciplined hamming.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
91% Much Ado About Nothing (1993) A spirited, winningly acted rendition of one of the Bard's most popular comedies.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
100% Stagecoach (1939) Directorially, production is John Ford in peak form, sustaining interest and suspense throughout, and presenting exceptional characterizations. Picture is a display of photographic grandeur.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2012
75% A Single Girl (2000) A Single Girl delivers 80 unbroken and ultimately irritating minutes in the life of a pretty hotel waitress (Virginie Ledoyen).‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2012
100% The Love Parade (1929) It's a fine, near-grand entertainment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2012
83% All This, and Heaven Too (1940) Heaven is film theatre at its best.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2012
71% America, America (1963) Elia Kazan gives a penetrating, thorough and profoundly affecting account of the hardships endured and surmounted at the turn of the century by a young Greek lad‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2012
100% Hold Back the Dawn (1941) While Hold Back the Dawn is basically another European refugee yarn, scenarists Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder exercised some ingenuity and imagination and Ketty Frings' original emerges as fine celluloidia.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2012
100% One Foot in Heaven (1941) A warm and human preachment for godliness.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2012
No Score Yet Here Comes the Navy (1934) It's light on story, and because of that it borders on being an elaborate newsreel.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2012
86% The Citadel (1938) Picture is studded with many brilliantly human and dramatic sequences.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2012
75% Kitty Foyle (1940) Despite its episodic, and at times, vaguely-defined motivation, picture on whole is a poignant and dramatic portraiture of a typical Cinderella girl's love story.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2012
No Score Yet East Lynne (1931) An excellent piece of work in taking a legendary meller play and transposing it into a screen drama of strength and charm.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2012
83% The Champ (1931) A good picture, almost entirely by virtue of an inspired performance by a boy, Jackie Cooper.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2012
75% Sons and Lovers (1960) Sons and Lovers is a well-made and conscientious adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's famed novel, smoothly directed by Jack Cardiff and superbly acted by a notable cast.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2012