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Rating Title/Year Author
The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) Clyde Gilmour The earthly purgatory of a drug addict (sensitively portrayed by Frank Sinatra) adds up to a strong and shocking movie, although the bitter ending of Nelson Algren's novel has been sugared for the screen. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) Clyde Gilmour A prehistoric man shaped fish falls in love with screaming Julia Adams in an Amazon backwater, but his courtship is a failure. So is the movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
The Chief (1933) Candida A pleasurably demented offering, featuring radio's favorite lunatic, Mr. Ed Wynn. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
The Invisible Man (1933) Candida The Invisible Man is not on the whole as terrifying as the rest of the hobgoblin genre... But it is considerably more entertaining at least from the point of view of those of us who can get only a limited pleasure out of being scared to death. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
The Bodyguard (1992) Brian D. Johnson With a soap-opera plot that triggers alarms of incredulity, The Bodyguard remains no more than a serviceable thriller. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
All the Right Moves (1983) Lawrence O'Toole Although the characters are not especially interesting in themselves, their predicament is, and it is one that untold others share. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) Clyde Gilmour The magnificent acting of José Ferrer and the clarion rhetoric of Edmond Rostand's semi-classic drama are not quite enough to conceal the central weaknesses of the story. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Clyde Gilmour Although a good deal less penetrating in its close-up of "the real Hollywood" than it pretends to be, this is a smooth and enjoyable comedy-drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
Superman III (1983) Lawrence O'Toole The film's predecessors were extremely smooth renderings of the comic strip material, but Superman III looks as chintzy as a Grade-B movie serial. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
The Karate Kid Part II (1986) Lawrence O'Toole As enjoyably manipulative movies go, The Karate Kid, Part II pulls few punches. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
Tequila Sunrise (1988) Brian D. Johnson Witty, seductive and unpredictable, Tequila Sunrise is so arresting that it demands to be seen again even before it is over. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
Innerspace (1987) Lawrence O'Toole Noisy, witless and filled with unimpressive simulations of human tissue, Innerspace is a perfect example of small minds finding a suitable subject. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
The Gauntlet (1977) Kaspars Dzeguze There's too little action to let Eastwood show himself to advantage as the fine, stylized screen fighter he is. Instead, there's talk and psychology, which he can handle only by gritting his teeth. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
St. Louis Blues (1958) Clyde Gilmour A disappointing screen biography of the late W. C. Handy, the father of the blues, with a thin and bloodless story and not even a generous amount of music by way of compensation. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
The Dirty Dozen (1967) Wendy Michener One of the three or four best American films of the year. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2020
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) John Hofsess For the first time Christie's social world is recreated in all of its splendor and romance. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2020
The Natural (1984) Lawrence O'Toole The script is one shockingly drab line after another, and nothing in the expensive 1930s period design can cover up the shabbiness of the moviemaking. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
Heaven Can Wait (1978) Lawrence O'Toole What sounds excruciatingly whimsical has been woven into one of the funniest and gentlest movies since the '40s. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2020
Convention City (1933) Candida It is really a travelling salesman's anecdote extended to feature length; which is not to say that it isn't quite often exceedingly funny. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Brian D. Johnson Beneath the gags is a pedestrian script. And the gremlins, like a troupe of nightmare Muppets, are too overproduced to be either funny or horrifying. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
Benny & Joon (1993) Brian D. Johnson It is a funny, innocuous fable, a Sweet 'N Low romantic comedy that seems a little facile at first, but has irresistible charm. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2020
Sophie's Choice (1982) Lawrence O'Toole The amazing intimacy Pakula creates with the audience ultimately makes Sophie's Choice the best film of the year. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2020
Henry V (1989) Brian D. Johnson Reigniting Shakespeare's poetry on screen, the movie is not only accessible to a general audience -- it has enough excitement, wit and suspense to hold its own in the Hollywood fray. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Paris Is Burning (1990) Patricia Hluchy Livingston's film shows how fantasy can mitigate the sadness of life. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Portnoy's Complaint (1972) John Hofsess It is no accomplishment that the film has been made with restraint and good taste. The Philip Roth novel was an attack on restraint and good taste. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2020
Frenzy (1972) John Hofsess By using London, a city that has preserved a tradition of citizen safety and civilization, as the background, Hitchcock creates a sharp tension between the city and the rapist-strangler who is running loose. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2020
Chan Is Missing (1982) Lawrence O'Toole Director Wayne Wang has a lot to learn about cutting, pacing, composition and telling a story. What saves him, and his movie, is his ability to tell good anecdotes. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
Untamed Frontier (1952) Clyde Gilmour Nice color photography and a honey of a stampede are assets to be weighed against a garrulous script and several wooden characters in this cow-country drama. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
True Confession (1937) Ann Ross Fred MacMurray as the husband who couldn't tell a lie, and Carole Lombard as the wife who did it with her little hatchet, are both exceptionally good, but the picture owes its peculiar hobgoblin quality to John Barrymore as the eccentric crime expert. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
The Texas Rangers (1936) Ann Ross I don't know when I've seen so much action, or watched the boys having a better time. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
Anything Goes (1936) Ann Ross It's amusing entertainment if you don't mind the crazy confusion. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
The River (1984) Lawrence O'Toole If all the exquisite visuals are not cloying enough, the audience must cope with the sweetness of Tom and Mae, two of the least interesting characters one is likely to encounter. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
Winchester '73 (1950) Clyde Gilmour A good western. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2020
The Servant (1963) Wendy Michener The Servant summons up all one's irrational fears and its baroquely sinister atmosphere invests the most ordinary event with middle-of-the-night creepiness. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
The Story of Us (1999) Brian D. Johnson The Story of Us reduces marriage to a montage sequence -- an embarrassment to baby boomers everywhere. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2020
Men With Brooms (2002) Brian D. Johnson The filmmakers have great fun mixing and matching the game's metaphors. With such gags as a sweat lodge of hot curling rocks, they send up and glorify its rituals all at once. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
La Bamba (1987) Nicholas Jennings With a convincing performance by newcomer Phillips -- and the exhilarating Latin rockers Los Lobos, who bring Valens's sound back to life -- La Bamba is a refreshing blast from the past. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
A Love in Germany (1983) Gerald Peary Stani is passive, bland and maddeningly apolitical, and Paulina, reckless with erotic desire, is too cool to show heartfelt emotion. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Born Yesterday (1950) Clyde Gilmour An excellent comedy, equally gratifying to the funnybone and the intelligence of an adult audience. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
Places in the Heart (1984) Suzanne Sander-Lofft Places in the Heart is a soft title for a strong movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
Flower Drum Song (1961) Clyde Gilmour Like most of the Rodgers-and-Hammerstcin musicals, this one probably is headed for success at the movie box-office, but in honest warmth and melodic appeal it compares weakly with its predecessors. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Windows (1980) Lawrence O'Toole The story, by Barry Siegel, thrives on the most primitive devices of plot construction and the characters are painfully porous. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) Clyde Gilmour Ava Gardner never looked lovelier, and two hours and three minutes never seemed longer, than in this pretentious semi-mystic romance. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Love on the Run (1979) Lawrence O'Toole Love on the Run seems to have been made on the run and for no reason other than to make a movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Innocent (1976) Lawrence O'Toole The Innocent is fulsomely stamped with Visconti's style -- seldom has such lumbering been made to look so lovely. But the movie's blood runs cold: it's wordy and ponderous. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Conversation (1974) John Hofsess It proves, ten years early, in a compelling, chilling vision, how close we are to Orwell's 1984. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974) John Hofsess If acting alone could save Duddy Kravitz, it would be a good film, but acting cannot save a story as thin and threadbare as this. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
Annie Hall (1977) Urjo Kareda Keaton's own mannerisms-like her congenital inability to utter a complete sentence-can be irritating, she is able to provide a character of full dimensions, with a base of feeling and need that allows Annie Hall to be as moving as it is merry. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Gladiator (2000) Brian D. Johnson It wields its religiosity, and its democratic morality, with the subtlety of a broadsword. But this is a ferociously entertaining spectacle, with thrilling action sequences, eye-popping art direction and uniformly powerful performances. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Gandhi (1982) Lawrence O'Toole As a whole, Gandhi is never less than intelligent in dealing with the events and facts with which it chooses to deal, and there is never a boring moment. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020