AMC Filmsite

AMC Filmsite is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Tim Dirks
Rating Title/Year Author
A+ The Wind (1928) Tim Dirks The Wind (1928) is one of Lillian Gish's greatest achievements in a powerfully dramatic silent film - her fourth and last MGM film and the last of her silent films. She had previously collaborated with Swedish director Victor Sjostrom... EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
A+ The Freshman (1925) Tim Dirks The Freshman (1925) is actor/director Harold Lloyd's silent film satire of college life (aka College Days), one of his best-remembered and well-crafted films and also his most successful effort. It was one of the top-grossing films of the year... EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
A+ The Kid (1921) Tim Dirks The Kid (1921) is silent comic star Charlie Chaplin's classic of comedy and pathos - his first feature-length film (it was a more sophisticated six-reeler or "6 Reels of Joy" than his previous shorts). EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
A+ Sherlock, Jr. (1924) Tim Dirks Sherlock Jr. (1924) is stone-faced director/producer Buster Keaton's marvelously inventive, short silent film era, comic fantasy - his third and shortest feature film. It was filled with the comedian's trademark physical gags... EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
A+ Toy Story (1995) Tim Dirks Toy Story (1995) is the first completely computer-generated, animated feature film. The visuals were entirely generated from computers, creating a wonderfully-realistic 3-D world with lighting, shading, and textures... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Tootsie (1982) Tim Dirks Tootsie (1982) is an engaging, original, hilarious gender-comedy story of an unemployed actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) whose disguises as a feminist named "Dorothy" fooled his/her co-actors and helped him get a job and become a female star EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ To Be or Not to Be (1942) Tim Dirks To Be or Not to Be (1942) is Berlin Germany-born director Ernst Lubitsch's sophisticated screwball masterpiece, with satirical comedy, romance, and suspense. The controversial anti-war comedy about espionage and politics from producer Alexander Korda EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ The Thing (1951) Tim Dirks The Thing (From Another World) (1951) is an influential and taut horror and science-fiction B-film hybrid, loosely based (by screenwriter Charles Lederer) on the short story Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Strangers on a Train (1951) Tim Dirks Strangers on a Train (1951) was director Alfred Hitchcock's suspenseful, noirish black and white thriller about two train passengers: tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger) and psychopathic dandy Bruno Antony (Robert Walker)... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ The Red Shoes (1948) Tim Dirks The Red Shoes (1948, UK) is a beautiful and sensitive post-war film - the 10th collaboration from the masterful and respected British directing/producing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Pulp Fiction (1994) Tim Dirks Pulp Fiction (1994) brought director Quentin Tarantino, a B-movie fanatic and ex-video store clerk, to mainstream attention with this stylish and inventive episodic thriller about corruption and temptation. It featured guns, femmes fatales, deadly hit-men EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Platoon (1986) Tim Dirks Platoon (1986) is a harrowing, visceral, ultra-realistic, gutsy, visually-shattering Vietnam-war film, based on the writer/director's own first-hand knowledge as a Vietnam combat-infantry soldier. The insightful Best Picture-winning war film EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Planet of the Apes (1968) Tim Dirks Planet of the Apes (1968) is a classic, thought-provoking and engrossing science fiction film that was the loosely-adapted film version of Pierre Boule's 1963 science-fiction novel La Planète Des Singes (Monkey Planet). EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Pinocchio (1940) Tim Dirks Pinocchio (1940), Disney's second feature-length animated film followed after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and was produced during Disney's heyday from 1937-1942 of animated classics... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Murder, My Sweet (1944) Tim Dirks Murder, My Sweet (1944) was to be released with the original title of its literary source, writer Raymond Chandler's 1940 novel Farewell, My Lovely, although it was changed so that fans of 30s song-and-dance star Dick Powell... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Metropolis (1927) Tim Dirks Metropolis (1927) is a stylized, visually-compelling, melodramatic silent film set in the dystopic, 21st century city of Metropolis - a dialectical treatise on man vs. machine and class struggle. Austrian director Fritz Lang's German Expressionistic EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Mean Streets (1973) Tim Dirks Mean Streets (1973) is Martin Scorsese's third full-length feature film - and first important film, with energizing early 60s girl-group and hit rock 'n' roll songs. With a script co-written by the director and Mardik Martin, the original film... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) Tim Dirks McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) was iconoclastic and offbeat director Robert Altman's acclaimed revisionist western (or "anti-western" according to some) about the American frontier. It was the first of his two myth-busting westerns... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Manhattan (1979) Tim Dirks Manhattan (1979) was an acclaimed, mature, B/W masterpiece enhanced by a George Gershwin score (performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta), telling about infidelity, entangling romances and situations... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) Tim Dirks The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) was another nostalgic and memorable B/W John Ford-directed film about the passing of the Old West and the rise of civilization - it was his last great film. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Knute Rockne, All American (1940) Tim Dirks Knute Rockne: All American (1940) is the inspirational film biography of the famous and prominent Notre Dame football coach, Knute 'Rock' Rockne (Pat O'Brien). The immortalized coach is brought to life in this excellent, episodic film... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ The Killing (1956) Tim Dirks The Killing (1956) is a stylish but stark film noir crime drama, and the definitive heist-caper movie - a story of greed and infidelity. The classic, dark-edged black and white film was 28 year-old writer/director Stanley Kubrick's third film EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Key Largo (1948) Tim Dirks Key Largo (1948) is one of the more entertaining crime-gangster melodramas from Warner Bros. The intelligent, exciting, theatrical, but moody, downbeat crime drama-thriller (and melodramatic film noir)... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Jailhouse Rock (1957) Tim Dirks Jailhouse Rock (1957) is a prison-related, rags-to-riches musical-drama (and biopic parable of a predictable downfall and recovery) from director Richard Thorpe. It was the most influential black-and-white rock musical... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ In a Lonely Place (1950) Tim Dirks In a Lonely Place (1950) is maverick director Nicholas Ray's and Columbia Pictures' well-respected, bleak, mature, and dramatic film noir, although it was not a box-office hit and received no Academy Award nominations. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Tim Dirks The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) is one of many film adaptations of the classic 1831 Victor Hugo 'beauty and the beast' novel about a deaf, hunch-backed, outcast bellringer Quasimodo (Charles Laughton) in the Notre Dame... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ The Heiress (1949) Tim Dirks The Heiress (1949), as the theatrical poster declared, is "a truly great motion picture" - a bleak tale of crushed, heartbroken expectations and incisively-harsh retribution. The top-line, prestige production was directed by William Wyler... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Giant (1956) Tim Dirks Giant (1956) is a sprawling, grandiose and iconic western epic and melodrama based on Edna Ferber's celebrated 1952 novel. It told about two generations of a wealthy American cattle ranching family in Texas spanning a twenty-five year period EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Freaks (1932) Tim Dirks Freaks (1932) is a shocking, bizarre and unsettling horror film, but a durable cult favorite. Tod Browning directed the unusual, creepy, and gothic horror film with real-life side-show "freaks" - it was one of his best works... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Forbidden Planet (1956) Tim Dirks Forbidden Planet (1956) is one of the more influential, classic and ground-breaking science-fiction space-opera adventures ever made - it was the first science-fiction film in color and CinemaScope. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Footlight Parade (1933) Tim Dirks Footlight Parade (1933) is one of the three most spectacular musicals in 1933 from Warner Bros. and legendary choreographer Busby Berkeley, alongside Lloyd Bacon's 42nd Street (1933) and Mervyn LeRoy's Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) - EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Tim Dirks Eyes Wide Shut (1999) is legendary director Stanley Kubrick's highly-anticipated, last completed film. It was titled 'Eyes Wide Shut' to imply self-contradictory opposites: at first being exposed or tempted, and then reflexively turning away... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A+ Don't Look Now (1973) Tim Dirks Don't Look Now (1973) is British director Nicolas Roeg's haunting and classic "shattering" supernatural thriller (his greatest film), and depiction of grief, based upon the 1971 Daphne du Maurier short story tale. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
A+ Dodsworth (1936) Tim Dirks Dodsworth (1936) is famed German-born director William Wyler's classic romantic drama from Samuel Goldwyn Productions, and distributed by United Artists. Scriptwriter Sidney Howard wrote the screenplay based upon his 1934 stage adaptation of... EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
A+ Dial M for Murder (1954) Tim Dirks Dial M For Murder (1954) is director Alfred Hitchcock's screen version of English playwright Frederick Knott's script. It was filmed in 3-D with the faddish technology that was available at the time (but already going out of fashion)... EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
A+ The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Tim Dirks The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) is one of the most influential, seminal fantasy science fiction films in motion picture history. The counter-revolutionary, big-budget film provided salient social commentary about the madness of Cold War politics... EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
A+ The Court Jester (1956) Tim Dirks The Court Jester (1955) is Paramount's Vista-Vision comedy film starring Danny Kaye (in his best-known performance). It is a classic, high-energy musical spoof of the dashing adventure films in Hollywood's Golden Age... EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
A+ Cabaret (1972) Tim Dirks Cabaret (1972) is director/choreographer Bob Fosse's defining, decadent, award-winning musical which popularized the phrase: "Life is a Cabaret." It was only Fosse's second film, but won numerous accolades... EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
A+ Bull Durham (1988) Tim Dirks Bull Durham (1988) is a humorous and intelligent romantic sports comedy-drama about a mediocre Carolina minor leagues baseball team - the Durham Bulls, from first-time director Ron Shelton. It is the quintessential modern sports film about America's... EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ Black Narcissus (1947) Tim Dirks Black Narcissus (1947) is a provocative, dazzling and rich-colored psychological-religious and sexual drama from the legendary partnership duo of the 'Archers': British director Michael Powell and scriptwriter Emeric Pressburger. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ The Big Lebowski (1998) Tim Dirks The Big Lebowski (1998) is a dark, idiosyncratic and quirky comedy/crime caper-thriller involving an intriguing complex case of mistaken identity, deception, double-crosses, and a mysterious kidnapping. It came from the inventive, cultish... EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ Bambi (1942) Tim Dirks Bambi (1942) is one of the most appealing, gracefully-told, lushly-beautiful, and popular Disney animated film classics. It was based on Austrian writer Felix Salten's 1923 storybook Bambi, A Life in the Woods. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ American Beauty (1999) Tim Dirks American Beauty (1999) is a tragic, absurdist, satirical and dark domestic tale - and the debut feature film of British-London theatrical-stage director Sam Mendes. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ Amadeus (1984) Tim Dirks Amadeus (1984) was director Milos Forman's stunning, opulent fictional biography of musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, based on the Tony-winning Broadway play... EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ Airplane! (1980) Tim Dirks Airplane! (1980) was a trend-setting, zany, hilarious comedy - using as its core material the airplane disaster film as the spoof's stepping stone, borrowing from the subplots of heavy-handed films in the 1970s decade. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ Ace in the Hole (1951) Tim Dirks Ace in the Hole (1951) is director/co-writer Billy Wilder's uncompromising, dark and harsh noirish commentary about human nature, and the unscrupulous and self-serving actions of compromised tabloid-media journalists. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
A+ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) Tim Dirks The film continued with the concluding scene of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010). Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), an evil wizard and the leader of the Death Eaters, stole the Elder Wand... EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2011
A+ Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) Tim Dirks The film opened as a spoof of Mission: Impossible - retitled Austinpussy. During the pre-credits sequence "somewhere in Utah," "Austin Powers" parachuted into his driver-less Shaguar, and then ejected himself from the driver's seat... EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2010
A+ The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Tim Dirks The Empire Strikes Back (1980), (aka Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back) is considered to be one of the most appealing and powerful films in the Star Wars saga - with a superior and more complex plotline (with two parallel storylines)... EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2010
A+ Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) Tim Dirks The film opened with a Star Wars-styled text scrolling, about how Austin Powers was frozen in 1967 and defrosted in the 90s to battle his nemesis Dr. Evil. After succeeding and banishing Evil, Powers settled down with his newly-wed wife Vanessa... EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2010