Washington Star

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Rating Title/Year Author
All the King's Men (1949) Jay Carmody Warren's demagogue turned loose on a democracy too innocent to recognize a political demon is a man to deep-freeze the heart. As movie hero-villains go. he is the best character the screen has found in a long time. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
The Big Sleep (1946) Harry MacArthur For all the untidiness of its plot, The Big Sleep is, however, an enjoyable melodrama, exciting most of the time and comic when it chooses to be. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Imitation of Life (1934) E. de S. Melcher We liked it because it reveals a new Claudette Colbert -- a Colbert who has a good heart as well as a good hide. We liked it because Louise Beaver gets a chance to show what a good actress she really is. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
No Man of Her Own (1950) Jay Carmody Leisen's direction is never artful enough to give plausibility to the adventures that overtake Miss Stanwyck. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Conspirator (1949) Harry MacArthur Maybe no one could make this dialogue sound like anything but a drama school student saying "How now, brown cow" for the first time. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Rashomon (1950) Harry MacArthur [Kurosawa] has made it an intriguing picture, occasionally an exciting one. He accents a lot of his dramatic effect, it might be noted, with the throbbing of an increasing taut, Ravel-like bolero. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Bordertown (1935) E. de S. Melcher [Muni's] performance, on the whole, is a typical Muni performance -- being vigorous, simple, unaffected and believable. He is one of those rare actors whose talents don't seem to be thrown pell-mell into the very teeth of the camera. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Casablanca (1942) Andrew R. Kelley Moments of high tension and suspense punctuate the action with the most thrilling moment when in Rick's cafe a group of Free French men drown out Nazi voices by singing the "Marseillaise." Picture is acted with distinction by a fine cast. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
The Third Man (1949) Jay Carmody The astounding acting bit, it may turn out, is that contributed by Orson Welles. As the object of this chilling search, Welles for once is pulled back to the size of a gifted actor, a trick for which he and a lot of old Welles' admirers can thank Reed. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Cloak and Dagger (1946) Harry MacArthur Cloak and Dagger has its sharp, melodramatic moments high with excitement and its sequences so taut with suspense that the more susceptible types will be suffering from shattered nerves before the thing is done. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
The Stranger (1946) Harry MacArthur [Welles] has performed a leading role sensibly and directed the whole in a manner which proves he is the master of a number of effective cinematic tricks. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
The Lady From Shanghai (1948) Jay Carmody [Welles] hurls restraint to the winds and when he is through with it, his poor little story is reduced to a dramatic pulp. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Black Bart (1948) Harry MacArthur By not taking itself, or anything else, too seriously the picture has become a modestly amusing tale of cops and robbers in the old west. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
A Woman's Vengeance (1947) Jay Carmody Some of the cinema's most gifted humans pool their talents in A Woman's Vengeance, but the result is only a moderately interesting melodrama. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Stage Fright (1950) Jay Carmody Alfred Hitchcock's murders are at their best when he does them In a jolly mood. That is the flavor of the one in Stage Fright... It is a welcome change for the master who has been rather sober recently in dealing with his aristocratic corpses. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
I Met a Murderer (1939) Jay Carmody I Met a Murderer obviously was a picture made on a shoe string, and it turns out to be one of its major virtues that it was. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Chris Mathiesen It may prove a less satisfying offering than usual to devotees of the slim and stocky funsters. Abbott and Costello prevail, however, over the chilly doings of such competent scare artists as Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Four Faces West (1948) Jay Carmody There is not much incident in Four Faces West, not enough to keep it entirely from representing another six-reel horseback ride, but everybody is so agreeable and charming that one can't help liking them all. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Rope (1948) Jay Carmody The resultant study of high class homicide is revolutionary, which, spectacular though the word may sound, does not mean that Rope is Hitchcock's best screenplay. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Take a Letter, Darling (1942) Jay Carmody It is even prettier than it is clever, but it is much of the latter, too. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Moontide (1942) Harry MacArthur The story which has been chosen as M. Gabin's vehicle for his Hollywood debut really is one well-suited to his talents, though some of his past admirers may find it a bit too prettily romantic for a veteran of the brooding French tragedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
The Great Man's Lady (1942) Jay Carmody A semi-listless affair which is saved from dullness by Miss Stanwyck's energetic and versatile performance. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) Jay Carmody In trying so feverishly to be realistic, Welles has drained the life pretty much out of the Indiana family of whom Tarkington once wrote so straight-forwardly that he won a Pulitzer prize for his efforts. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942) Harry MacArthur After all, there is one thing that can be said about Tarzan's New York Adventure and never let it be said that we failed to give praise where it was due. The picture is the story of an adventure Tarzan has in New York. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Foreign Correspondent (1940) Jay Carmody A two-hour demonstration of what movies can be, and so rarely are. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Love Crazy (1941) Jay Carmody In adapting their script to the by now perfect reflexes of the film's stars, the authors have shown a minimum of restraint. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Man Hunt (1941) Harry MacArthur You shouldn't be at all surprised to find your knuckles gnawed down a joint or two by the time Mr. Lang arrives at his climax EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Five Fingers (1952) Jay Carmody It would be a shame to miss the drama of this story. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Lone Star (1952) Harry MacArthur The mark of the formula is on Lone Star all right, but it's a good formula for Gable and Director Sherman has made it a slick and fast-moving movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Meet Danny Wilson (1952) Jay Carmody A movie which might be described as using half a million dollars worth of talent in a $4.35 script. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
This Woman Is Dangerous (1952) Jay Carmody The surprise of the Warner film is that two men with such pretty writing names as Geoffrey Homes and George Worthington Yates could have written such a bad script. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
You're in the Navy Now (1951) Jay Carmody Gary Cooper and an experimental submarine chaser are a comedy pair you would not want to miss. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Citizen Kane (1941) Jay Carmody It proves Welles' restless, reckless genius -- as exasperating as it is fascinating -- is triumphant in the new medium as it was in the old ones of theater and radio. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Retreat, Hell! (1952) Jay Carmody Joseph H. Lewis directed Retreat, Hell, and he never lacks for logical reason to keep it moving loud, rough and fast. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019