Courier Mail (Australia)

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Women (1939) Courier Mail Staff The film version of Clare Boothe's stage play, The Woman, is so humorously managed that it becomes a thoroughly delightful and entertaining comedy. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2021
The Power and the Glory (1933) Courier Mail Staff Not since the introduction of sound in motion pictures has the screen seen so radical a change in the manner of presenting a story as the new "narratage" technique employed for the first time in The Power and the Glory. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
Modern Times (1936) Courier Mail Staff It says much for the genius of Charlie Chaplin that with talkies at the height of their popularity [that he could] revive, most successful, the type of silent comedy that ranked him as the screen's greatest laughter maker a decade ago. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
The Wizard of Oz (1939) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) It is, of course, a "must" for the juveniles, and they will have a high old time. This is a real fairy tale, brought to the screen with all the trappings, colour, and wondrous charm of the printed word that has. kept many a youngster late for dinner. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2021
An American in Paris (1951) Courier Mail Staff The George Gershwin score is enough in itself to make the film a hit. With Gene Kelly tapping out captivating routines, and wry-faced Oscar Levant banging the piano it has added appeal. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2021
It Happened One Night (1934) Courier Mail Staff There is so much action and change of scene that the production takes rather longer to show than the average 'A' class picture, but there is not a dull moment in it. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
The Hitch-Hiker (1953) P.D. Spooner A villainous-looking character named William Talman and some tip-top directing by former actress Ida Lupino make The Hitch-Hiker a first-class suspense thriller. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
Intruder in the Dust (1949) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) It's a fine film, made so by the unerringly excellent performance of an apt and able cast, under the direction of Clarence Brown. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
A Night at the Opera (1935) Courier Mail Staff Rich, racy humour, with operatic interludes, is presented by the three Marx Brothers in A Night At The Opera. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
The Master Race (1944) Courier Mail Staff A timely warning on rehabilitation in Europe with well sustained acting from the principals. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Storm Over Lisbon (1944) Courier Mail Staff Vcra Hruba Ralston moves through the maelstrom with lovely immobile features. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Northern Pursuit (1943) Courier Mail Staff Errol Plynn gets a change of uniform in this one, but still thoroughly enjoys his part. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
The Princess and the Pirate (1944) Courier Mail Staff Virginia Mayo, as the runaway princess, has a tuneful voice, a pretty face, and more acting ability than is needed in a swashbuckling extravaganza. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Double Indemnity (1944) Courier Mail Staff A murder story that is as faultless and perfect as the crime planned by its principals, EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
Home of the Brave (1949) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) [The] performances and pungent dialogue make it hard to imagine a better, or more rewarding film on racial prejudice. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Men of Tomorrow (1932) Courier Mail Staff [Men of Tomorrow] gave a splendid representation of life at Oxford University, and of ragging by undergraduates. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
The Invisible Man Returns (1940) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) Vincent Price, in his appearances and disappearances, handles his part with rare skill. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
The Invisible Man (1933) Courier Mail Staff Claude Rains gives a convincing study in the title role. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) Joyce Stirling A fascinating film which you shouldn't miss. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Courier Mail Staff MGM gathered together a galaxy of stars... and to my mind attempted to make another All About Eve. Instead, they just made another film with one of the most incoherent stories I've ever tried to decipher. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
Untamed Frontier (1952) Courier Mail Staff I'm afraid the Untamed Frontier' is about as wild as a Thursday night euchre party. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
True Confession (1937) Courier Mail Staff Carole Lombard's latest role is that of an inveterate liar, in True Confessions, and, tongue in cheek, she masters it thoroughly, but the real gem of the picture... is the acting of John Barrymore. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
Zanzibar (1940) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) Snarling beasts, fighting, clawing, and scratching, crowd the jungle landscapes, and 'rip-roaring' is the only adjective I can think of to describe these sequences. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2020
The Lady Eve (1941) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) It is one of the neatest comedies the screen has offered in a long time, both from the point of view of originality in theme and performance. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
Imitation of Life (1934) Courier Mail Staff Thought-provoking. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
I Want a Divorce (1940) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) Joan Blondell and Dick Powell, 'Hollywood's happiest married couple,' are responsible for the brightness. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2020
The Texas Rangers (1936) Courier Mail Staff Action, drama, romance, comedy, and melody have been skillfully worked into a fine screen achievement in The Texas Rangers. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
The Plainsman (1936) Courier Mail Staff It is history adapted for dramatic purposes. There is a vivid atmosphere of realism, and the settings accurately present the crudely picturesque conditions of life in those times. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
Anything Goes (1936) Courier Mail Staff Captivating music, sparkling comedy, and lavish dance presentations are outstanding features of Anything Goes. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
To Each His Own (1946) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) Strong acting studies by a select cast help to burnish and polish what at heart Is really (1) first rate escapist fare; (2) an inspirer of tear. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
Lady on a Train (1945) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) [Durban's] 'fans' -- and they are many -- should respond with breathless infatuation. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
The Redhead From Wyoming (1952) Courier Mail Staff This is the old, old story or the cattle baron versus the small settlers. But the film is lifted above the average Western by a new twist. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2020
Winchester '73 (1950) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) The film is pretty much a standard Western. It is also, like most of its kind, a pleasant means of passing an hour and a half in air-conditioned comfort. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2020
Wyoming Mail (1950) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) It's cops-and-robbers stuff in the U.S. post Civil War days, and where the film really shines is in its virility, and good acting performances. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
His Girl Friday (1940) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) As motion picture entertainment of the bright and sparkling order, His Girl Friday is recommended without reservation. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
Born Yesterday (1950) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) [Judy Holliday] shines brightly. Her squeaky voice, her strutting, and her romantic ideas combine to make quite a character. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
Stagecoach (1939) Courier Mail Staff The director has selected his players not because' they are highly publicised stars, but because they are competent actors, who bring to life the characters they portray in a fashion that is highly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) Chalk up full marks for the superb acting of Fredric March, Teresa Wright, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, and Virginia Mayo. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Gone With the Wind (1939) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) Miss Mitchell used 475,000 words to tell her story. Three hours 45 minutes is not a second too long in which to recount it in the film transcription. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
All About Eve (1950) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) In the role of the elder actress, Bette Davis plays with a brilliance that not only is the best acting she has shown us, but just about the best that has been done on the screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Going My Way (1944) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) The film is excellent in every way -- acting, production, and evangelical outlook. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Rebecca (1940) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) The picture is so faithful in spirit and detail that the same eerie spell emanates from the screen as from the book. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
From Here to Eternity (1953) P.D. Spooner It is a tragic and brutal story, but fascinating in its starkness. But the film is notable mainly for some outstanding pieces of acting from Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, and, surprisingly enough, Frank Sinatra, EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Courier Mail Staff Charles Laughton, with the effective dramatic art of which he is such a master, impersonates the tyrannical Bligh, depicting him in all his vindictive brutality, yet showing the courage, skill, and endurance of the man. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) Much of the 'message' is lost in a welter of words. Sentiment, too, is spread as thickly as we would like our rationed butter. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
All the King's Men (1949) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) As American as a doughnut in sentiment, the film is full of realistic scenes of vicious, corrupt, and wild jockeying in the area of cheap politics. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Casablanca (1942) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) A film that should keep patrons interested for many weeks. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Summer Holiday (1948) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) It must be conceded that the film is a gay enough lark, with fine production numbers and good songs -- one in particular, "Stanley Stamer" being outstanding. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
I Met a Murderer (1939) Nelson Burns (Te Pana) I Met a Murderer will do nothing to enhance the reputation of British actor James Mason. Quite the reverse, in fact, for it easily is the worst of his film contributions. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
The Ghost Writer (2010) Leigh Paatsch Though Polanski might be a shadow of the filmmaker he once was, he still knows how to push, prod and deceive an audience every which way. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2010