Tampa Bay Times

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Rating Title/Year Author
Lillian Russell (1940) Lillian Blackstone Lillian Russell is a good picture and Darryl F. Zanuck has done a good job producing it. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Mrs. Miniver (1942) Marion Aitchison Atmospheric background with many scenes of beauty combine with able direction, sympathetic portrayals, and well designed plot to make Mrs. Miniver a strong contender for first place among the best pictures of the year. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
The Long Voyage Home (1940) Marion Aitchison The picture is splendidly directed and boasts some unusual photography. The cast is a fine one with Thomas Mitchell, John Wayne, John Qualen and Ian Hunter giving especially impressive performances. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
The Great Dictator (1940) Marion Aitchison Though The Great Dictator provides a good many laughs [it] merits serious consideration for the superior presentation of the message it is trying to put across to that part of the world where democracy is still a precious possession. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Only Angels Have Wings (1939) Marion Aitchison Superlative performance on the part of principal and supporting players, alike, coupled with a tensely melodramatic story, make [Only Angels Have Wings] one of the outstanding pictures of the year. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Rebecca (1940) Marion Aitchison Under the skillful direction or Alfred Hitchcock, the eerie quality of Daphne du Maurier's best-selling novel, Rebecca, has been deftly caught for the screen. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Marlene Matouk It's so very dramatic and dynamic; it's homey without being corny, it's excellent entertainment on any level. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Call Me Bwana (1963) Bill Dunn Bwana is enjoyable hot weather entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Flipper (1963) Marlene Matouk If you like animal movies, filmed and narrated in an entertaining and educational way, you can't help but like Ivan Tors' newest entry to the family movie circle, Flipper. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
The Interns (1962) Marlene Matouk A bountiful cast of stars pull an otherwise depressing story out of the doldrums. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962) Marlene Matouk An exciting adventure story for children but a slow-moving bit of nonsense for adults. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) Marlene Matouk It's a gigantic, physical long movie... visually and emotionally enduring. Sign on for a spree, you won't be sorry. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
The Ugly American (1963) Marlene Matouk For those who enjoyed the book, this movie will be a big disappointment. For those who didn't read the book, well, you might enjoy it. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Nine Hours to Rama (1963) Bill Dunn Chillingly fascinating. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Hud (1963) Marlene Matouk The story isn't at all unusual and the setting isn't unusual either -- what makes it worthwhile entertainment is the sterling quality of the acting, superb music (when there is music) and the believable characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Days of Wine and Roses (1962) Marlene Matouk Lemmon scores a brilliant and consistently superb performance... guaranteed to send chills up and down your spine, and it's Miss Remick's best performance to date. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Irma La Douce (1963) Marlene Matouk Billy Wilder is a great director and you can't find too many actress es better than Shirley MacLaine, so when Jack Lemmon appears on the screen, the triple-treat is complete. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Son of Flubber (1963) Marlene Matouk Flubber has returned in all its bouncy sparkle in Son of Flubber. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Guadalcanal Diary (1943) Dorothy Moe Yes, it's a picture all Americans should see. It's real and it's tough and it's rough. But it'll help us at home understand just a bit better the full total of what our fighting men are doing for us overseas. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
4/5 Out of Africa (1985) Hal Lipper It is a brilliant film, rich with verdant landscapes and the aura of grandeur. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927) St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay Times Staff Those who have read the book will not like the screen play; those who have not will find it amusing. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
4/4 The Blues Brothers (1980) Bob Ross A loving musical tribute, a raucous comedy and an amazing demolition derby -- The Blues brothers is all these and more. Filmed in and near Chicago, the home of electric blues, it is extravagant pandemonium -- continuous and delightful. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
A- The Joy Luck Club (1993) Steve Persall Not since Terms of Endearment has the brittle bond between mothers and daughters been presented in such effective and entertaining fashion. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) J. Oliver Prescott Like a Bertolt Brecht play or a George Grosz drawing, [Sweetback] lets you know where it's at as far as the creator is concerned. As an expression of Van Peeble's attitudes it is a stunning, albeit shattering experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
2/4 Howard the Duck (1986) Hal Lipper Howard the Duck is more foul than fowl. It operates on a level young teen-agers might appreciate. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Double Indemnity (1944) Dorothy Moe The story, ugly and grim in its realism, grips the audience, holding it spellbound throughout the film. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
Iron Jawed Angels (2004) Janet K. Keeler It's good to be reminded in an election year how hard and long women fought to win the vote. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
C+ Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) Steve Persall Bassett and Murphy might make a fine romantic comedy team if they'll leave the oversized bicuspids at home. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
The Witches (1990) Steve Persall The Witches is a delectably creepy movie guaranteed to keep night lights burning bright. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) Steve Persall I haven't experienced such a silent audience for an alleged comedy since last year's horrid Stop, Or My Mom Will Shoot. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
You Don't Know Jack (2010) Eric Deggans Even as stars Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon and Brenda Vaccaro dim their wattage with clumsy Michigan accents, bad wigs and dowdy clothes, a compelling story about Kevorkian's advocacy for euthanasia emerges. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
B- Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) Steve Persall Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home makes sitting through the first film worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
D The Bachelor (1999) Steve Persall O'Donnell's square jaw and clear complexion get plenty of screen time, but not for a second is he believable as a guy with a playboy past. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2020
D Angus (1995) Steve Persall For all its good intentions, Angus soon becomes tiring, with dingy photography, pedestrian pacing and a central character too lumpish and withdrawn to connect with an audience. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
B+ Begin Again (2013) Steve Persall Begin Again begins like a lot of movies about musicians, but because it comes from John Carney, it isn't ordinary for long. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
B- Absolute Power (1997) Steve Persall Absolute Power is one of those evil-in-high-places thrillers that hums along nicely while the crimes are being committed, and sputters while they're being solved. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
Reversal of Fortune (1990) Hal Lipper In Barbet Schroeder's spellbinding Reversal of Fortune, Jeremy Irons plays the pure incarnation of evil. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2020
A- Rosewood (1997) Steve Persall The fact that Rosewood takes time to understand its demons is an uncommon touch for any film that addresses such an inflammatory topic. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
B+ Seven Days in Utopia (2011) Steve Persall Seven Days in Utopia possesses a spiritual sincerity that's impossible to shrug off as mere zealotry. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
F Waiting ... (2005) Steve Persall We can handle anything a prankster like McKittrick can dish out, if he doesn't treat us like the customer in Waiting who sends an undercooked steak back to the kitchen. He thinks comedy is all bodily fluids and cruel gutter talk... EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
4/4 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hal Lipper The Silence of the Lambs is supremely suspenseful, deliciously twisted and superbly acted. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020
B+ Clockers (1995) Steve Persall Strong performances, edgy dialogue and Lee's success in luring an audience into his own tempo and urgent perspective make Clockers tough stuff, indeed. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2020
C- The Story of Us (1999) Steve Persall If Harry and Sally met and things weren't working out, the result would be The Story of Us, a romantic comedy unable to maintain either half of that description. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2020
Back to the Future Part III (1990) Hal Lipper Back to the Future Part III is an infinitely better picture than its predecessor. It's more coherent and streamlined. That's surprising, since parts II and III were filmed at the same time. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
1/4 Run (1991) Hal Lipper Run does, however, have the best death by a mechanical track rabbit scene ever recorded. That should be worth a footnote in the annuals of Hollywood when Run is long forgotten. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
4/4 Pump Up the Volume (1990) Hal Lipper Call it Rebel With a Cause, and listen good, because it's the most frank, startling and radically opinionated movie ever made for young viewers. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
1/4 Men at Work (1990) Hal Lipper It's appropriate that Men at Work's writer, director and co-star, Emilio Estevez, has cast himself as a garbage collector. His new movie is trash. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2020
Hear My Song (1991) Hal Lipper Hear My Song is sprinkled with fairy dust. It's an enjoyable romantic fantasy with wonderful comic bits. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2020
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) Hal Lipper Leave it to Capt. James T. Kirk and his intrepid crew to end the Star Trek series at warp speed. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is one of the finest installments in the saga. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2020
B- Hard Target (1993) Steve Persall With its expert use of dissolves and pans, Hard Target is an arty shot of adrenaline to this overworked genre. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2020