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Rating Title/Year Author
The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) Jay Carmody It Is an interesting picture but neither so interesting nor effective as it might have been had Producer-Director Otto Preminger subjected himself to a few restraints. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Cabin in the Sky (1943) Jay Carmody The former Broadway musical puts bounce, melody, comedy and poignance back on the screen in a fashion designed to work wonders for the war-jaded spirits of the body politic. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Outrage (1950) Harry MacArthur Ida Lupino, who directed Outrage for Producer Collier Young, has a great liking for the frank, blunt look at subjects which Hollywood has hitherto ignored. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
4 Devils (1928) Star Staff Although weak in plot, splendid direction, good acting and photographic effects have combined to produce a work which holds the interest from beginning to end. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
Casanova Brown (1944) Jay Carmody On the whole, without managing to be a great comedy, Producer Johnson's picture will make the Cooper following happy at the chance to see the lanky one playing again what looks like the typical American small-town guy. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
A Night at the Opera (1935) Robert B. Phillips, Jr. Groucho, Chico and Harpo continue to be collectively and individually three of the really first-rate comedians of today. Their only peers are Mr. Charles Chaplin and Mr. W. C. Fields. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Double Indemnity (1944) Patricia Simmons All told, as melodrama in an insurance office it should turn out to be equally good insurance at the box office. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
Maedchen in Uniform (1931) E. de S. Melcher There is a sensitiveness about Maedehen In Uniform... which no other film has achieved. There is also beauty of thought and a deep pathos which becomes vibrant in its intensity. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
Home of the Brave (1949) Jay Carmody Unlike most screenplays, the excitement of Home of the Brave comes from without as well as within the machine-made product. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
The Legion of the Condemned (1928) Star Staff The Legion of the Condemned stands high in the first rank of productions that the war has given us. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
Thunder (1929) Star Staff Seldom does one have the privilege of seeing a picture so vibrant with action and pulsating with thrills, suspense and comedy from beginning to end as does Thunder. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
Rolled Stockings (1927) Star Staff Some of the "boys" look old enough be taking post-graduate courses at least, and the college setting is strictly according to Hollywood, but there's plenty of action and enough plot to make a diverting picture. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
Wildcat of Paris (1919) Star Staff The Wildcat of Paris shows the environs and the habits of a type of Parisian little known in this country; it unfolds, too, a drama in which stirring episodes build directly and logically to a climax of deep appeal and genuine power. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Brewster's Millions (1921) Star Staff [Millions] is a versatile story which seems to improve every time a new vehicle is devised for bringing it before the public. As a novel, it was a success. As a spoken play it was one of the hits of its period. As a screen production it is a scream. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1921) Nannie Lancaster With all the hilarious mix-up of present-day progress with the primitive life of 528, and the wholesome fun that brings the eras together, there is a very real tang of adventure. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
Cat People (1942) J.W. Stepp A degree of suspense has been attained, which certainly is better than par for this type of production. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
Cabiria (1914) Star Staff The picture is a monument to the wonderful strides made in the past year by the motion camera. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
Son of Frankenstein (1939) Harry MacArthur Guaranteed to scare you. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
The Raven (1935) E. de S. Melcher The film is noteworthy for the fact that it presents the art of make-up at its height. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
Dead of Night (1945) Harry MacArthur This is a masterful bit of work on the part of all the several directors and screen writers involved in it. It is the sort of thing that can chill you and give you a wondrous bit of fun at the same time. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) E. de S. Melcher Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a pleasantly unpleasant picture. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
Island of Lost Souls (1933) Star Staff Perhaps the better atmosphere is due to the acting of Charles Laughton. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
The Mummy (1932) E. de S. Melcher It is not by any means a good film. Nor is it the peer of melodramas. But it does offer a certain thrill to those who are looking for such things. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
The Invisible Man (1933) E. de S. Melcher The best of the horror sagas, being imaginatively and emotionally satisfying and having a hero who is a great success by being continually out of sight. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
Ladies of the Mob (1928) Star Staff Ladies of the Mob, an unusual underworld story, giving the woman's side of the hectic maneuvers of that sect known as gangsters, is a powerful vehicle wherein Miss Bow excellently proves her versatility. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Ten Modern Commandments (1927) Star Staff [Ten Modern Commandments] is a delightful comedy of stage life, interwoven with an ingenious love story. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
The Courageous Coward (1919) Star Staff It is a dramatic story of merit and excellently portrayed. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
Rough House Rosie (1927) Star Staff Fine comedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
Flaming Youth (1923) Star Staff Colleen Moore's piquant portrayal of Patricia Fentriss, flapper extraordinary, is unusually pleasing in the more emotional moments of the story, although in excess of posing at other times mars her work. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
Maria Candelaria (1944) Star Staff As a study in the effects of blindly stupid mass hatred, the picture, made in Mexico with Dolores Del Rio in the starring role, shows the Mexicans as well aware of the dramatic force of tragic in evitability as the Greeks ever were. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) Jay Carmody The screen's collection of immortal heroes is increased by the addition now of Cyrano de Bergerac. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
Gilda (1946) Harry MacArthur It has been a long time since so many handsomely dressed people became involved in so unpolished a romance for the delight of those who go to the movies. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2020
The Woman Who Dared (1944) Star Staff Interwoven with this larger motive is a thread of mystery and, suspense. Beatriz Michelena presents an admirable characterization of the princess who plays international politics and becomes unwillingly the center of an exciting intrigue. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2020
Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929) Star Staff Miss Lightner's presence in the film makes in its entertaining value might justly mark the difference between middling and excellent. Without her, this ambitious effort probably would not be up to the standard set by its predecessor, On With the Show. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
Thirteen Women (1932) Robert B. Phillips, Jr. The Tiffany Thayer novel achieves reasonable success as a thriller. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2020
Hearts of the World (1918) Star Staff Mr. Griffith has made of his great production more than drama. It is a marvelous unfolding of historic things and events well worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
Hypocrites (1915) Star Staff The treatment is daring and so ingenious that this picture takes its place among the most exceptional films. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
The Horitz Passion Play (1897) Star Staff The world's sublimest tragedy [is] presented in a reverential manner, for every movement made by these humble and devout actors is reproduced on the screen with a realism that is startling and impressive. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
Night and Day (1946) Jay Carmody To demur that it let a few false notes get into Porter's life story is merely querulousness that will never enter the heads or the reactions of the multitudes who will enjoy it. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
The Dove (1927) Star Staff Although she has done better work in other productions, her interpretation of The Dove will rank as one of her long list of fine pictures. She injects splendid acting into the part of the girl entertainer tn a gambling den. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2020
The Madonna of Avenue A (1929) Star Staff Dolores Costello has a role that brings out the fulness of her dramatic ability. It is a line picture, at times tense, then humorous, and at times sad, but Miss Costello responds excellently to all the emotions. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
The Wolf of Wall Street (1929) Star Staff The slowness which has been characteristic of the majority of the "talkies" previously is never apparent here, for the action, once started, is fast-moving, gaining in momentum and dramatic power toward a tense and wholly logical climax. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Cleopatra (1917) Star Staff It is somewhat doubtful if the looms of Cleopatra ever weaved such glamourous draperies as conceal and reveal the royal voluptuary of the screen, but thereis no question of the startling magnificence of [Miss Bara's] costumes. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
The Divine Woman (1928) Star Staff Greta Garbo goes over. The story of the picture and the role she plays are hard, and with almost any other star and any other director there would be a slight flatness at least. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2020
My Man (1928) Star Staff In her unselfconsciousness before the lens in the positive projection of personality above and beyond the savoir faire which one might expect of her stage background, [Brice] comes startlingly close to being a dramatic actress of impressive stature. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2020
The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927) Star Staff Best of all. apart from the satire, for that is cellar and lightning rod of the piece, is the wonderful spectacle of the buildings of Troy and Sparta. The wooden horse that turned apparent defeat into victory is a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2020
The Case of Lena Smith (1929) Star Staff Miss Ralston in her role embodies grace, charm and refinement with a strong suggestion of Ingenuity and high mentality, while James Hall characterizes well the unsympathetic role of the dissolute officer. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Rogue Song (1930) Star Staff The final impression is that it is the glorious voice of Lawrence Tibbett and the perfect artistry of his singing that overwhelms all else. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
The Cat Creeps (1946) Star Staff There is no doubt that the "talkie" far surpasses the silent movie in its ability to produce thrills. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
The Patriot (1928) Star Staff Although the past achievements of Emil Jannings and Ernest Lubitsch as actor and director, respectively, have such as to entitle them to undisputed places in the hall of fame of moviedom, each seems to have eclipsed himself in The Patriot. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020