Hartford Courant

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Rating Title/Year Author
His Girl Friday (1940) Douglas M. Fellows It's Rosalind Russell's picture, of that there can be no doubt. She's In practically every scene and keeps the excitement moving like a house afire. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2021
Sunset Blvd. (1950) M. Oakley Christoph The film held me spell-bound as I watched Gloria Swanson (whom I had missed seeing when she was a star in films) go through her paces so terrifically. She overshadowed, by virtue of performance, every other player. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2021
Paris, Texas (1984) Malcolm Johnson A rare and fascinating experience for those patient enough to go with its slow flow. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2021
Teachers (1984) Malcolm Johnson For all of its faults, this film teaches an important lesson about the betrayal of the promise of American public education, and makes you feel both pity and admiration for its subjects. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2021
Leave Her to Heaven (1945) Courant Staff [Jeanne Crain] achieves the promise she exhibited previous roles and emerges as a mature and talented dramatic actress. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2021
1/4 From the Hip (1987) Malcolm Johnson A rather preposterous courtroom comedy graced with a touch of class by John Hurt's masterly performance as the accused murderer. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2021
Last Embrace (1979) Malcolm Johnson "Last Embrace" is a film you want to like, but ultimately it begins to choke on its improbabilities. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2021
House of Usher (1960) Edward W. Pliska Devotees of horror should find final scenes to their liking. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2021
The Thing (1951) M. Oakley Christoph Spoil the story for those who pay their money? Nope. It is a virile story with action and suspense. Conflict and argument. The suspense angle is, of course, what keeps it going. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2021
3/4 El Mariachi (1992) Malcolm Johnson This dark, mythical Mexican revenge comedy proves something of a miracle. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2021
0/4 Teen Wolf Too (1987) Malcolm Johnson No one should pay any attention to this picture. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2021
The Big Fix (1978) Malcolm Johnson Dreyfuss' neat and low-key balancing of the comic and more poignant aspects of Wine's personality provides an engaging center for "The Big Fix" even when it threatens to become too confusing to let us keep track of its plots and counterplots. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2021
2.5/4 My Family/Mi Familia (1995) Malcolm Johnson [A] deeply felt but meandering generational drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2021
1/4 Go Fish (1994) Malcolm Johnson Go Fish slogs along, insinuating all sorts of oddly angled or irrelevant shots, as Max and Ely try to get together. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2021
The Littlest Outlaw (1955) M. Oakley Christoph You could not help but love it. It would be a shame to have the children miss seeing it. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2021
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) Malcolm Johnson "To Live and Die in L.A." is weak at the center. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2021
Blue Collar (1978) Malcolm Johnson This is a strong debut for Schrader, who, with the help of photographer Bobby Byrne, has made a rigorous visual statement about the dispiriting qualities of life in heavily industrialized urban areas. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2021
0/4 Cool as Ice (1991) Malcolm Johnson When this dumb exploitation film was green-lighted, the boy was hot. By now he has softened into a puddle with a slight vanilla flavor. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2021
El Super (1979) Colin McEnroe El Super should be seen by people who want to understand the experience of displaced Cubans, by Cubans who want a unique perspective on their own worlds and by filmgoers who simply want to see a funny, sad, enlightening film. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2021
3/4 Stand and Deliver (1988) Malcolm Johnson In addition to casting with uncompromising care, Menendez and Musca tell their story with complexity, showing both the intellectual pleasures of the classroom and the struggles the kids must endure at home. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2021
2/4 La Bamba (1987) Malcolm Johnson Sensual, swaggering yet deeply hurt by his mother's preference for Ritchie and by his own failures, Morales' playing of Bob Morales delivers a depth and passion entirely missing from the tepid Romeo and Juliet saga of Ritchie and Donna. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2021
The Border (1982) Malcolm Johnson The three disparate styles that play against one another in "The Border" give this film much of its interest and density, but not without an occasional sense that gears are grinding a bit. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
El Norte (1983) Malcolm Johnson Working without major studio support, Nava and Thomas prove themselves filmmakers of exceptional skill, taste and idealism, who have made El Norte both an impressively finished and deeply moving vision of three very different Americas. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2021
The Legacy (1979) Malcolm Johnson There are a couple of of jumpy moments, but even a haunted house picture needs more logic than this one possesses. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2021
The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England (1914) Courant Staff The story is an attractive one, and Miss Martin has every opportunity to display her talents at their best. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
1/4 Mortal Kombat Annihilation (1997) Malcolm Johnson The sequel to the 1995 live-action video-game movie turns out to be idiotic but amusing low kitsch. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
Doc Hollywood (1991) Malcolm Johnson Caton-Jones, who showed his gifts for ensemble in "Memphis Belle," contrives to keep "Doc Hollywood" appealing, if not suspenseful, by his affectionate handling of his large and well-chosen cast. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
1/4 Troop Beverly Hills (1989) Malcolm Johnson Long strives coyly and cutely to become a Lucille Ball of the opulent '80s. But despite her winsome presence, "Troop Beverly Hills" proves an uphill, downhill trek. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
Crimes of Passion (1984) Malcolm Johnson Except for the performance of Kathleen Turner... "Crimes of Passion" goes beyond the unbearable into the execrable: an artistic netherworld where terminal boredom, utter silliness and mind-boggling perversity coexist. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2021
Rooftops (1989) Malcolm Johnson It's never possible to enjoy any part of "Rooftops"... EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
The Toy (1982) Malcolm Johnson Pryor will probably turn "The Toy" into a hit, but once again, he presents us with the prospect of a comic genius in the service of inferior material. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2021
Porky's (1981) Malcolm Johnson Clark has written an especially simple-minded script that comes across as a debased amalgam of "American Graffiti" and "Animal House," and directed it in a way that only emphasizes its poverty of imagination and humor. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2021
The Late Show (1977) Malcolm Johnson Playing a modern variation on the classic detective film is not exactly a novel idea, but "The Late Show" does it with such skill and originality that all the lesser revisions seem to fade away. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2021
The Philadelphia Story (1940) M. Oakley Christoph If you miss it, you'll be sorry! EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
Rear Window (1954) M. Oakley Christoph You know Hitchcock. He has you take part, by virtue of his great craftsman ship. You are no simple onlooker. You're solving it. Boy, you're solving it! EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2021
Lily in Love (1985) Malcolm Johnson A sheer delight of a sophisticated theatrical comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2021
Hopscotch (1980) Malcolm Johnson At moments... "Hopscotch" stumbles, but Matthau's low-key, but playful characterization always gets it back on track again. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2021
Madame X (1929) Walter Brown Miss Chatterton gives a really magnificent performance m the talkie made from the famous melodrama of the year gone by proving her excellence in an Intensely emotional role. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
The Way of All Flesh (1927) Courant Staff Together, these players have made The Way of All Flesh a living, vital thing: a drama of human emotions; the tragedy of one man's life. They have portrayed their difficult parts with a sympathetic understanding, a harmony of thought. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929) Albert J. Duffy The musical score is well above the average of other revusical talkies to date and we have no hesitancy in predicting that "Painting the Clouds with Sunshine," and "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" will soon be among the country's major radio evils. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2021
The Great Gatsby (1926) Courant Staff It is by all odds one of the finest dramas of this season. In it Warner Baxter blossoms out as an actor of depth and feeling. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2021
Chan Is Missing (1982) Malcolm Johnson Chan displays imagination and wit from the outset. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2021
The Power and the Glory (1933) Courant Staff Tracy characterizes a man who becomes materially all-powerful, only to find himself a plaything in the hands of fate. Colleen Moore, making her first appearance in pictures in more than two years, gives an emotional performance. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
Sugar Cane Alley (1983) Malcolm Johnson The stylized colors are more than symbolic. They also give Sugar Cane Alley a feeling of memories of things past... But Palcy's film is neither nostalgic nor brooding. Even its tragedies have a feeling of release about them. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
Modern Times (1936) Courant Staff [Modern Times] not only marks the long awaited return to films of the incomparable Charles Spencer Chaplin, comedian, but it is also one of his funniest pictures. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
The Wizard of Oz (1939) Douglas M. Fellows Judy Garland is herself, and her little dog Toto is grand, while Margaret Hamilton gets top witch honors as the bad one. The best musical bit is Over the Rainbow which is something you'll be humming for a long time to come. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
4/4 Schindler's List (1993) Malcolm Johnson In its themes of the making of good men and evil ones in times of storm and stress, and in its montage of images and sonorities, this will stand as Spielberg's masterwork. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2021
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Leonard W. Stone With this film, David Lean has further entrenched himself as one of the top directors in the industry and heir-apparent to the still vacant boots of Cecil B. deMille. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
Rebecca (1940) H. Viggo Andersen While there is much dramatic and breath-taking action, and a heart-stirring romance, Rebecca is essentially a story of atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
On the Waterfront (1954) M. Oakley Christoph On the Waterfront [is] one of the great films of any year... Its scripter, Budd Schulberg, takes the weaknesses of human beings and weaves a story around them. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2021