Maclean's Magazine

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Rating Title/Year Author
Hard Core Logo (1996) Brian D. Johnson Hard Core Logo borrows its conceit from Spinal Tap. It is, however, less cartoonish, and its affectionate parody is undercut by a raw nerve of realism. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Brian D. Johnson Documenting the licks and antics of a real band is one thing. Building a movie around a fake one is a challenge of a different order. The key, as Spinal Tap proved, is to fabricate a band that looks, acts and sounds at least as good as the real thing. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The Milkman (1951) Clyde Gilmour This unassuming little comedy-with-music didn't cost a mintful of money to make, but its better moments offer more fun than many a lavish extravaganza. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Crisis (1950) Clyde Gilmour A rather garrulous script does not prevent this from being, in the main, a competent and intelligent suspense story. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The Breaking Point (1950) Clyde Gilmour It emerges as a strong, sardonic melodrama, more honest than most in its close-ups of human relationships. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
No Way Out (1950) Clyde Gilmour The violence of its climax is a bit too wild-eyed to sustain full belief in its sober message, but in other respects this is one of the best (and certainly the most plainspoken) of the films... EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The Sleeping City (1950) Clyde Gilmour After a highly promising beginning, this one degenerates into the most routine sort of cop-versus-killer mellerdrammer. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Summer Stock (1950) Clyde Gilmour One of the better musicals, largely due to the winsome singing and acting of Judy Garland as a country lass whose barn is taken over by a bunch of stage-struck screwballs. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The Toast of New Orleans (1950) Clyde Gilmour A lot of other customers seem to like this one, but to my taste it's a second-rater all the way, and the muscular Mr. Lanza a third-rate tenor. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) Clyde Gilmour The film, for all its power and humanity, is too long and moves too slowly toward its inescapable ending, but it remains a prime contender for one or more Academy Awards. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The Horse Soldiers (1959) Clyde Gilmour An attractive musical score is a further asset. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Sleeping Beauty (1959) Clyde Gilmour Walt Disney's latest, costliest feature-length cartoon. It probably will make millions in dollars, pounds, marks and other currencies but there is a dismaying monster-horror bigness in this inflated version of the fairy-tale. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Shake Hands With the Devil (1959) Clyde Gilmour Touches of melodramatic hokum in the story diminish its impact hut fail to disqualify it as a worthy specimen. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Patricia Treble Downton Abbey offers all of the series' visual and narrative treats. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Mister Roberts (1955) Clyde Gilmour The locker-room lustiness of the novel and the stage production has been toned down a bit, as you might expect, and one or two comic highlights are weakened by overemphasis, but on the whole this is a vastly enjoyable show. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955) Clyde Gilmour Walt Disney's amiable biography of the renowned American frontiersman is intended chiefly for youngsters, of course, but many a grown-up is likely to get quite a kick out of it too. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Land of the Pharaohs (1955) Clyde Gilmour William Faulkner shared in writing this better-than-average widescreen spectacle drama, with ancient Egypt as its locale. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) Brian D. Johnson Documentary realism keeps Good Night from collapsing into a morality tale. McCarthy plays himself, in hair-raising video footage from his witch-hunt hearings. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Capote (2005) Brian D. Johnson Capote is about the snake. Perfecting his scenes play like therapy sessions, with a homoerotic undercurrent, and they go to the core of journalism's dark art. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
The Ten Commandments (1956) Clyde Gilmour Cecil B. de Mille's vastly expanded remake of his 1923 silent epic takes three hours and thirty-nine minutes to sit through, and the time, for me, often dragged heavily. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Tiger Bay (1959) Clyde Gilmour This may not sound promising but the film wins sympathy from the start - and it offers a memorable debut by actor John Mills' twelve year-old daughter Hayley. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Woman Obsessed (1959) Clyde Gilmour A corny outdoor melodrama, with a fake "Saskatchewan" locale, starring Susan Hayward as a farm widow with a wide gamut of emotional troubles. Rating: poor. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Middle of the Night (1959) Clyde Gilmour Some of the sharp edges in Paddy Chayefsky's fine stage play have been blunted in his own screen version, although there are many good moments. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Last Train From Gun Hill (1959) Clyde Gilmour Unless free westerns on TV have eliminated too many of the customers, this solid big-screen opus ought to prosper. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
The Five Pennies (1959) Clyde Gilmour A bit too sobby in spots, the film rates "good" for its exuberant music, its sharply detailed Jazz Age atmosphere, and Kaye's likeable performance. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
A Hole in the Head (1959) Clyde Gilmour Frank Sinatra appears as a lighthearted Florida widower with a twelve-year-old son in this pleasant Hollywood comedy. But it's Edward G. Robinson, as Sinatra's wisecracking brother, who runs away with the picture. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Jude (1996) Brian D. Johnson Jude is masterfully rendered. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Sleepers (1996) Brian D. Johnson Levinson knows how to make a movie. He keeps it compelling throughout, and although it runs 2 1/2 hours, Sleepers offers no room for catnaps. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Kidnapped (1960) Clyde Gilmour It's a robust and sometimes highly diverting comedy-drama, weakened by an excess of flamboyant overacting on the part of John Laurie. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Can-Can (1960) Clyde Gilmour [The] Broadway hit of a few seasons ago has been processed into a big noisy musical which is pleasant entertainment although several of its top numbers are lacking in zip and sparkle... incongruously mingled in the speech patterns... EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Behind the Great Wall (1959) Clyde Gilmour ..an Italian-made documentary tour of Red China, good enough to merit attention as a conventional or odorless travelogue. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
The Battle of the Sexes (1959) Clyde Gilmour Like many another recent comedy from both sides of the Atlantic, this British effort begins hilariously but fails to fulfil its promise, bogging down in strain, coyness and repetition. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
The Angry Red Planet (1959) Clyde Gilmour A science-fiction yarn, not much sillier than most of its competitors. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
A Dog of Flanders (1959) Clyde Gilmour ...genuinely moving, nonmawkish film... EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
It Should Happen to You (1954) Clyde Gilmour New York satirical comedy. Excellent. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Rear Window (1954) Clyde Gilmour Suspense-czar Alfred Hitchcock's latest is his best in years. It's a funny, earthy chiller... EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
An Inspector Calls (1954) Clyde Gilmour Not even the adroit Alastair Sim, in a noncomedy role as a mysterious investigator, can overcome the sluggish pace and contrived coincidences of this social-conscience drama... EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
The Caine Mutiny (1954) Clyde Gilmour Although toned down in comparison with the book and the play, Herman Wouk's seagoing drama is still a compelling thing in Stanley Kramer's Hollywood production. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
A Bullet Is Waiting (1954) Clyde Gilmour Excellent outdoor photography. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Luis Bunuel's Robinson Crusoe (1954) Clyde Gilmour There are enough superb moments in this made-in-Mexico version of Defoe's classic novel to outweigh its occasional dullness of camera style. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Sabrina (1954) Clyde Gilmour In the department of civilized light entertainment, this long but unlagging romantic comedy is a highly enjoyable entry. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Bopha! (1993) Brian D. Johnson As a fact-based drama that incarnates the horror of South African civil strife, its intensity seems utterly appropriate. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
The Joy Luck Club (1993) Brian D. Johnson Hollywood has built its reputation on escapism. But with movies like The Joy Luck Club, stories drawn from the real world may yet prove to be more compelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
So This Is Love (1953) Clyde Gilmour The late Grace Moore's early struggles toward soprano stardom are fancifully sketched with Kathryn Grayson singing prettily and fluttering her kewpie-doll lashes. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Ride, Vaquero (1953) Clyde Gilmour A corny, dead-serious western. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Return to Paradise (1953) Clyde Gilmour Better-than-average escapism, in authentic Samoan settings. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Mr. Scoutmaster (1953) Clyde Gilmour Clifton Webb, author of TV shows for children, joins the Boy Scouts to freshen up his material. The writers of this movie should have done something equally drastic about theirs. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Main Street to Broadway (1953) Clyde Gilmour Brief glimpses of numerous showbusiness celebrities and Tallulah Bankhead's funny caricature of a demure housewife are hardly enough to outweigh the many deficiencies of this strained, synthetic comedy-drama. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
() Clyde Gilmour Sluggish in spots, this is still a good sentimental item for family audiences. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
The Captain's Paradise (1953) Clyde Gilmour Alec Guinness scores again, this time as a subtle sea dog who believes that civilized bigamy is man's key to happiness. The basic joke seldom runs thin in this roguish British comedy. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019