Maclean's Magazine

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Rating Title/Year Author
Out of Africa (1985) Lawrence O'Toole An intelligent and highly watchable film. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
Amadeus (1984) Mark Czarnecki The film's awesome achievements will remind audiences how rich and challenging a cinematic experience can be. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
All of Me (1984) John Bemrose Martin is hilarious as the man who has to cope with a suddenly split identity. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
Old Enough (1984) Gerald Peary Silver's first feature is vastly entertaining and an impressive debut. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
Until They Sail (1957) Clyde Gilmour Better than most of the soap operas it resembles, this tells of the wartime romances and heartaches of four New Zealand sisters and says one or two uncommonly blunt things... EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
A Hill in Korea (1956) Clyde Gilmour With a gratifying minimum of both ultra-heroics and matey service humor, this British war drama absorbingly recreates the minuteby-minute ordeal of a small patrol trapped by the enemy in Korea. The non-celebrity cast does its work with unassuming skill. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Campbell's Kingdom (1958) Clyde Gilmour There are several big holes in the story but a steadily mounting tension and a spectacular action climax offer considerable compensation. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Pal Joey (1957) Clyde Gilmour ...Frank Sinatra's confident and amusing performance as singer and actor makes the picture worth seeing. The music, by Rodgers & Hart, is also beguiling. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
The Man Who Never Was (1956) Clyde Gilmour A superior spy thriller, based on Ewen Montagu's true story... EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
The Ladykillers (1955) Clyde Gilmour Alec Guinness is somewhat less believable than usual in this fast and ruthless British crime comedy. But Katie Johnson is nothing short of perfect as a prim old widow whose gentility terrifies the gang. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
The Benny Goodman Story (1955) Clyde Gilmour Dull in the drama department, this hi-fi tribute to America's King of Swing is nonetheless recommended for jazz enthusiasts. TV's Steve Allen impersonates BG. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Richard III (1955) Clyde Gilmour Olivier's title-role performance is a triumph of subtlety and venom, and his surrounding cast is virtually an Honors List of the British legitimate theatre. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Gigot (1962) Clyde Gilmour Not mutton but ham was the meat that kept floating past my eyes while watching Jackie Gleason groping around for an Oscar in the Paris gutters. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Stalag 17 (1953) Clyde Gilmour A raucous, cynical but compelling comedy-drama about the life led by American soldiers in a German prison camp in 1944. Not recommended for the kiddies. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Shane (1953) Clyde Gilmour Director George Stevens and writer A. B. Guthrie Jr. have fashioned one of the best of all the Hollywood westerns... EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Les sept péchés capitaux (1952) Clyde Gilmour A French-ltalian multi-story film, much too long and sharply uneven in quality, but with at least two episodes (Gluttony and Pride) that may pleasurably haunt your memory. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Man on a Tightrope (1953) Clyde Gilmour The efforts of a Czech circus owner and his discontented wife to escape through the Iron Curtain are the basis of an intelligent thriller. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Genevieve (1953) Clyde Gilmour Some of it is repetitive, but the genial yarn stays in high gear from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Dream Wife (1953) Clyde Gilmour A romantic farce that is arch and overdrawn. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Arena (1953) Clyde Gilmour Expert 3-D photography in color and a minimum of "depth" trickery deserve recognition in this otherwise painfully routine rodeo western. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
The Furies (1950) Clyde Gilmour The rotund dialogue is uttered by the late Walter Huston and others worthy of better material. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
The Blue Lamp (1950) Clyde Gilmour A warmly human, unpretentious yarn about the murder of an affable London policeman. The many amusing incidents are part and parcel of the story, not lugged in for "comic relief." EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950) Clyde Gilmour Only once or twice does this loud farce recall the robust flavor of the partners' first big hit. Reconmmended, though, for juveniles and other A & C addicts. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
Top Banana (1954) Clyde Gilmour Some of the oldest jokes in show-biz and a few new ones as well, most of them hilariously projected by burlesque comic Phil Silvers in a filming of the N'Yawk stage hit. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Hobson's Choice (1954) Clyde Gilmour ...shrewd and jolly British comedy. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Rhapsody (1954) Clyde Gilmour Well-played, well-reproduced Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff concert favorites are sound-track assets in a plushy romantic soap opera, much of it quite tedious to my taste... EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Night People (1954) Clyde Gilmour A complicated but fascinating suspense thriller in CinemaScope, about East vs. West in present-day Berlin. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Never a Dull Moment (1950) Clyde Gilmour The title exaggerates. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
The Mudlark (1951) Clyde Gilmour Slow, but pleasant entertainment. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
() Clyde Gilmour Harold Lloyd's comeback, a frequently hilarious yarn about a middle-aged clerk who bibulously acquires a bankrupt circus. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Double Crossbones (1951) Clyde Gilmour The script could have been more imaginative, but in its limited way this is a diverting burlesque on pirate swashbucklers. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948) Clyde Gilmour The stimulating possibilities offered by Scotland's gallant Young Pretender are only feebly exploited in this garrulous screenplay starring David Niven. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Pepe (1961) Clyde Gilmour Cantinflas is a gifted and endearing comedian but his talents are sadly diluted in this marathon yarn. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Hand in Hand (1961) Clyde Gilmour Toronto's ebullient Helen Winston produced this pleasant little opus in Britain, with a story about two children whose friendship flourishes despite religious differences EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Five Golden Hours (1961) Clyde Gilmour Much of the film's "humor" is a tasteless lampoon of mental-hospital patients. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Romanoff and Juliet (1961) Clyde Gilmour There are several moments of quiet drollery but the satire is disappointingly thin and Ustinov's directorial pace is sluggish. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Wake Me When It's Over (1960) Clyde Gilmour A good basic idea is overdeveloped and finally goes to waste in this Hollywood comedy. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
The Fugitive Kind (1960) Clyde Gilmour Marlon Brando as a poetic wanderer and Anna Magnani as a tragically repressed storekeeper perform superbly under Sidney Lumet's direction. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
The 400 Blows (1959) Clyde Gilmour Film connoisseurs should try not to miss it. François Truffaut's first movie has instantly established him as one of the most gifted directors in the business. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Conspiracy of Hearts (1960) Clyde Gilmour A highly accomplished tearjerker from Britain, and worth seeing for its warmth of feeling - even though you are aware all along that you are being "worked on" by a team of professional sentimentalists. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Two Way Stretch (1960) Clyde Gilmour The result is a hilarious crook farce, nicely free of strain and frenzy from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Susan Slept Here (1954) Clyde Gilmour Hollywood pictures, I still doggedly maintain, are slowly improving on the average, but I couldn't clinch the argument by citing the present specimen. It's a coy, leering and overdrawn comedy. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Dragnet (1954) Clyde Gilmour Television's Jack Webb, under his own fast-paced direction, effectively but rather monotonously portrays the bleak and brutal plain-clothes man Joe Friday in this Hollywood whodunit. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Suddenly (1954) Clyde Gilmour Some of the characters are rather thinly imagined but Frank Sinatra as the chief killer proves again (as he did last year in From Here to Eternity) that he doesn't need to sing to keep his name in lights. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
The Virgin Queen (1955) Clyde Gilmour Bette Davis (under a red fright-wig) portrays Elizabeth the First, with Richard Todd as the dashing Sir Walter Raleigh, in a corny but enjoyable story of Tudor England. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Seven Cities of Gold (1955) Clyde Gilmour Except for one unfathomable ''mystic'' incident which never is explained, this is a good widescreen outdoor drama... EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
The Big Knife (1955) Clyde Gilmour Overwrought and arty though it is in its less beguiling moments, this is an interesting melodrama... EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
The Great Adventure (1953) Clyde Gilmour Highly recommended for customers of all ages. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Some Like It Hot (1959) Clyde Gilmour Genuine hilarity is gradually replaced by boredom and distaste as the one basic gag is stretched out thinner and thinner... EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
The Shaggy Dog (1959) Clyde Gilmour Although played very broadly for what the industry calls bellylaffs, it adds up to an enjoyable family show. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019