Philadelphia Inquirer

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 Out of Africa (1985) Rick Lyman Sydney Pollack's glorious and stirring Out of Africa is a big-screen epic in the very best sense. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
Convention City (1933) Inquirer Staff One of the most hilarious scenes is provided by Frank McHugh and Hugh Herbert, In which they get themselves happily and helplessly "lit," and there are others sufficiently bright to make Convention City a sprightly affair. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
Cat People (1942) Mildred Martin A weird little chiller called Cat People... is calculated to frighten you out of your wits and make you think twice before trusting anyone who arouses a feline's instinctive dislike. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
Flaming Youth (1923) Inquirer Staff Much in the book has been changed and much has been left to the imagination, but in spite of it the picture still flames. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
Detour (1945) Mildred Martin Tom Neal does extremely well in the long, difficult role of the petrified pianist whose misadventures are told in flashback; while Ann Savage all but blisters the screen with her venoemous, snarling performance as the vicious Vera. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) Mildred Martin This dramatization of Nelson Algren's novel provides a sometimes revolting, sometimes dreary excursion into the lives of a full set of American lower-depths characters. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
First Comes Courage (1943) Mildred Martin [The stars] play with a nice sincerity and Dorothy Arzner has given them and the slightly frayed material the benefit of her sound directional talent. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
The Blues Brothers (1980) Desmond Ryan Because there is no development in Jake and Elwood in the course of this overly long movie, Landis falls back on chases and crashes with the enthusiasm of a three-year-old kicking his blocks over. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Wattstax (1973) Jack Lloyd Just when you figure that the film industry has exhausted every possible avenue of exploration in the quest to present still another music festival documentary, along comes something with a nice, fresh twist. Such is the case with Wattstax. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
4/4 The Joy Luck Club (1993) Carrie Rickey This heartrending and transcendent adaptation of Amy Tan's bestseller about a quartet of Chinese American daughters and their immigrant mothers is the ultimate movie about almost everyone's first love: Mom. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
Cabin in the Sky (1943) Mildred Martin The chief fault, it seems to us, is the unimaginative direction of Vincente Minnelli who never takes full advantage of the motion picture medium's facilities for creating fantasy... If Minnelli has fumbled his opportunities, Miss Waters has not. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/4 The Devil Never Sleeps (1994) Desmond Ryan [Director Lourdes Portillo] deploys an imaginative range of techniques and allusions to illuminate the investigation. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Song of the Road (1955) Mildred Martin Despite the thousands of miles which divide us from this little family in a far off speck of village, there is a strange community of spirit and understanding. And for this, Roy may take credit. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Daughter of Shanghai (1937) Mildred Martin [Anna May Wong] moves with cool detachment and grace through this wild yarn of smugglers, thinking her own thoughts, we suspect, and doing what the can to lend Interest to a film that is sillier than it is exciting. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4 Devils (1928) Inquirer Staff Despite a difficult role, Janet Gaynor's refreshing personality and clever artistry, more than make up for any deficiency the picture might otherwise possess. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
A Night at the Opera (1935) Mildred Martin As usual when the Marx Brothers are on hand, plot gives place to panic and It's only a question of picking one's pet scenes and taking care not to laugh oneself to death right there in the theatre. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Gilda (1946) Mildred Martin Not since the archaic days of Theda Bara and her brazen ilk has sex appeal been set forth in so rampant a fashion on the screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Double Indemnity (1944) Mildred Martin Brilliantly and toughly directed by Billy Wilder. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
Maedchen in Uniform (1931) Inquirer Staff Leantine Sagcn has displayed exquisite delicacy, power and breadth of soul in her superb direction. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
Venus of the South Seas (1924) Inquirer Staff The pretty aquatic marvel did some of her best stunts during the progress of the more or less logical story. And these were enhanced by the enchanting views of the tropical South Seas Islands and waters. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Home of the Brave (1949) Mildred Martin Everything about Home of the Brave is a daring departure from sleek, cut-to-measure Hollywood standards and conventions. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Iverson (2014) Molly Eichel There is a fascinating story buried in Iverson... Director Zatella Beatty does her best to tease it out of her subject. But her greenness at the helm shows, as she relies heavily on a cloying score, obvious imagery, and a simplistic structure. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
Polly with a Past (1920) Inquirer Staff One of the finest and most enjoyable productions of the current season in the Cinema world. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
Cabiria (1914) Inquirer Staff Every possible attention to detail has been given to historical accuracy as to settings and costumes. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) Inquirer Staff [The film brings] out more clearly than ever before the close relationship between the art of painting and the art of the screen. It further suggests the future possibilities of the development of the cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
The Golem (1920) Inquirer Staff Although the picture itself is fascinating enough, many... will take a great pleasure in studying the vagaries of the silent, horrible monster who stalks to and fro, minus human intelligence, yet endowed with a wistful longing to mingle with [humans]. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
The Special Relationship (2010) Ellen Gray [Morgan's] formula, which juxtaposes larger-than-life real people at key moments in their careers, strains a little under the weight of the Clinton presidency and its baggage. Yet it's always interesting to catch a glimpse of America as others see us. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
Hearts of the World (1918) Inquirer Staff It is the best spectacle of the present war that has yet been shown here, bringing out to a degree the havoc, the thrill, the horror and the business details of the great conflict. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
Hypocrites (1915) Inquirer Staff Again has Lois Weber (Mrs. Phillips Smalley) contributed to film theatricals one of those combinations of art, allegory and convincing drama for which she has won just praise and distinction. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
You Don't Know Jack (2010) Ellen Gray After spending more than two increasingly dispiriting hours with Pacino's raspy eccentric, I still didn't know a lot more about Kevorkian than I had going in. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
The Horitz Passion Play (1897) Inquirer Staff Some of the pictures were full of life and color; it was interesting to note the dramatic movements of the personages. and the eye seemed to be looking upon real flesh and blood men and women who were taking part in the working out of a tragedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) Desmond Ryan "Free Willy 2" is not the kind of film that can teach children about coping with loss or reach them on anything but the most superficial level. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
Cinema Verite (2011) Ellen Gray Just as 12 hours probably wasn't enough time to establish the Louds as real people, not soap opera stick figures, two hours isn't quite enough to explain exactly what went wrong with An American Family, either. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) Ellen Gray Unless you're a Hemingway completist -- and it turns out I'm not -- your regrets will likely be fewer if you skip the two hours and 40 minutes-long Hemingway & Gellhorn. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2020
2.5/4 Star Trek Generations (1994) Carrie Rickey Three things make the film worthwhile: [William] Shatner's performance; the sequence involving Data getting his "emotion chip" implant; and John Alonzo's crystalline cinematography, which makes Generations the most beautiful Trek ever. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
3/4 Knock Down the House (2019) Gary Thompson They're Democrats, but the movie should be inspiring to anyone who wishes to see firsthand the immeasurable value of good retail politics and hard work. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Cloud 9 (2014) David Hiltbrand The slow-motion action scenes are exciting... Add to that the snowy chalet's wonderfully cinematic setting, and Cloud 9 is quite winning - even if your daddy doesn't own the mountain. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive (2013) David Hiltbrand He's a lively and engaging performer. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Ellen Gray Come for the familiar, somewhat older faces, and a generally satisfying story that continues to have its way with history. Stay for Milch's dialogue, composed of a rough poetry that, profanity and all, is like nothing else on television. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 Escape Room (2019) Drew Lazor While it fancies itself a stylish hybrid of Saw and The Game, Escape Room is much more evocative of the 1997 low-budget cult hit Cube, a much gorier and far less stylish variation on the same theme. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Creed II (2018) Gary Thompson The rift is part of the rather transparent and predictable structure of Creed II, which feels more like an indifferent Rocky sequel than a movie with the reinvented dynamism of Creed. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 The Front Runner (2018) Gary Thompson The movie is better at showing Rice (Sara Paxton) as a woman trampled by the press stampede - ditto Hart's wife Lee, played elegantly by Farmiga. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
2/4 Mile 22 (2018) Gary Thompson Wahlberg's frenetic line readings don't sound like some genius' rat-a-tat stream of consciousness. They sound hysterical, high-pitched, and silly. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/4 Damsel (2018) Gary Thompson Damsel is designed to be a deliberately out-of-joint comedy about a woman forced to endure an exasperating ordeal. After two hours, I could relate. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/4 Uncle Drew (2018) Gary Thompson [Longino's] script is good-natured, more genial than funny, though director Charles Stone III does get some good work from star Irving, who proves surprisingly adept at playing low-key comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/4 Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Gary Thompson Soldado bludgeons its way into touchy border politics, and maybe lucks its way into a story focused on the moral imperative of protecting a single child. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/4 Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) Elizabeth Wellington It's amazing to watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/4 Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017) Dan DeLuca The movie clocks in at just under two hours and feels considerably longer. As it ticks on, it achieves an unlikely and perhaps not entirely unintentional feat: It makes Grace Jones kind of boring. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/4 Downsizing (2017) Gary Thompson Although the sci-fi trappings of Downsizing make it seem like a big departure from Payne's previous work - The Descendants, Sideways, About Schmidt - it is the same in important ways. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Gary Thompson Jumanji reboot Welcome to the Jungle a happy surprise - a movie that turns out to be good (almost clean) fun, and is much more interested in character and comedy than special effects. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2017