Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Rating Title/Year Author
Out of Africa (1985) Marylynn Uricchio Out of Africa is simply superb. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
Design for Living (1933) Harold V. Cohen All this is handled in Mr. Lubitsch's most delightful manner. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
Convention City (1933) Harold V. Cohen Archie Mayo, the director, establishes an almost unbelievably furious tempo at the outset and the cast never lets him down. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) Harold V. Cohen Mr. Preminger's examination of a junkie is conventional, unimaginative and without any of the literary quality of the Nelson Algren novel from which it was lifted. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
A Clockwork Orange (1971) George Anderson Special credit is emphatically due to Malcolm McDowell for a stunning performance as Alex, one of the most demanding roles ever written for a film actor. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
The Blues Brothers (1980) Marylynn Uricchio Only the music, a collection of rock and blues hits, is palatable but not enough to pull this film out of the gutter. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
3/4 The Joy Luck Club (1993) Ron Weiskind Through it all, the women persevere. In the end comes reconciliation and catharsis. Keep your handkerchief handy. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Cabin in the Sky (1943) Harold V. Cohen The same good taste in every thing that marked Cabin in the Sky as a superior work in the theater also stamps the screen version, and the spirit of fantasy, which stumps Hollywood so frequently, comes through here with the greatest of ease. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Howard the Duck (1986) Marylynn Uricchio The children in the audience seemed to love Howard the Duck. More mature viewers may find it amusing in parts and visually exceptional, but otherwise, the movie is an overcooked extravaganza. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Daughter of Shanghai (1937) Harold V. Cohen Daughter of Shanghai manages to shine up the melodramatic boiler-plate rather presentably. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3.5/4 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Joshua Axelrod Ma Rainey is about as seamless a transition from play to screen as any diehard Wilson fan or casual movie lover could hope for. It may drag a little at times, as many plays do, but it's an actors' showcase that ably communicates Wilson's vision. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Daughter of the Gods (1916) PG Staff The sheer bigness of the thing is amazing, but one loses sight of that in the beauty of the pictures, the succession of imaginative incidents and the perfection with which the fanciful story has been carried out. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
4 Devils (1928) Harold V. Cohen 4 Devils, through inspired direction and acting that is far above the average, closely approaches the distinction achieved by that earlier Murnau-Gaynor picture, Sunrise. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) Harold V. Cohen A fairly decent piece of fiction. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
A Night at the Opera (1935) Harold V. Cohen The Kaufman-Ryskind satire makes way for sheer, unadulterated Marxian farce, which is just as it should be, for only when Groucho, Chico and Harpo are ignoring decorum are they effective. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Double Indemnity (1944) Harold V. Cohen A slick shocker and a seamy sizzler. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
Maedchen in Uniform (1931) Harold V. Cohen The advance enthusiasm for this surprise German hit has been underestimated, if anything, for the picture is a curiously touching little cinema masterpiece, a thing of rare and tender beauty. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
Home of the Brave (1949) Harold V. Cohen If the truth bruises you, then stay away from Home of the Brave. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Rob Owen With a sumptuous color-saturated Steampunk production design, Jingle Jangle is both overlong and at times underdeveloped... Still, the musical numbers and choreography are high-caliber efforts that make this family-friendly effort worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Robert Hill This latest adaptation of the book presented a screenplay that did not try hard enough to be Dickensian and, alas, was not Dickensian enough. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
You Don't Know Jack (2010) Rob Owen Viewers may not know Jack at the beginning of the film, but they have a somewhat better sense of this enigmatic character by the end. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
An American Pickle (2020) Maria Sciullo An American Pickle is a fish-out-of-water tale that fails to have fun with the fish or the water. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
3/4 The Girl (2012) Barbara Vancheri The movie sees the director in a more caustic aspect, and Alma as not his savior but his enabler, wearing the sly smile of a child complicitous in a nasty prank. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
Temple Grandin (2010) Rob Owen Temple Grandin turns out to be the kind of biopic Hollywood rarely makes anymore: It's positive, revealing and surprising; an intelligent period piece without sex or violence that's virtually free of profanity. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Greyhound (2020) Rob Owen Greyhound, directed by Aaron Schneider, is a sufficient exercise in efficient tension-building -- the running time is just 90 minutes -- elevated by Hanks' performance and impressive CGI wartime effects. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
Hamilton (2020) Maria Sciullo Until now, generally speaking, the transfer of musicals from stage to screen has been unsatisfactory. Hamilton has set a new standard for others to follow. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
Irresistible (2020) Rob Owen Irresistible sometimes strains with the obvious jokes it hangs around Gary's persona, but the movie also delivers its share of surprises and proves far funnier than Carell's disappointing Netflix misfire "Space Force." EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
Cinema Verite (2011) Rob Owen It dwells too long on the setup and doesn't spend nearly enough time on the public response to the program and the impact that reaction (much of it negative) had on the Louds. Clocking in at just about 90 minutes, the film feels like it ends too quickly. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
2.5/4 Listen Up Philip (2014) Barbara Vancheri Like the Seinfeld mantra, there's "no hugging, no learning" for Philip or Ike, just characters who are fascinating and maddening in their apparent talent, self-centeredness and isolation. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
3/4 Transsiberian (2008) Barry Paris Writer-director Brad Anderson provides his Hitchcockian thriller with an increasingly startling plot that is nothing if not unpredictable. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
3.5/4 Holy Motors (2012) Barry Paris A mindblowing explosion of imagination and virtuosic technique from French auteur Leos Carax. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
1.5/4 The Last House on the Left (2009) Barbara Vancheri Thirty-seven years ago, Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left was groundbreaking in its use of sadistic violence. Today, it's just brutal business as usual. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009) Rob Owen The new "Battlestar Galactica" is joyless, somber and a little boring. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
2.5/4 Dolittle (2020) Sharon Eberson Annoying accent and cartoonish humans aside, "Dolittle" is a fast-paced, often charming adventure with some dark moments that would make the Brothers Grimm proud. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Salem's Lot (2004) Rob Owen My advice: If you have four hours to spare, spend it reading the book. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
1917 (2019) Barry Paris "1917" is much elevated by its visual and aural elements, most notably the superb production design, sound mixing/editing and Thomas Newman's tense score, enhancing the key moments. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
4/4 Uncut Gems (2019) Maria Sciullo He's (Sandler) the center stone in an exciting chaos of a story that grabs your attention and refuses to let go. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
3/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Maria Sciullo Director J.J. Abrams revisits worlds and echoes events from the saga's more beloved stories. Musical cues from John Williams' iconic scores heighten the moments. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/4 In Fabric (2018) PG Staff In Fabric overwhelms viewers with a compelling sensory package using evocative synth music, lurid sex scenes and stylish camerawork. The writer and director is so obsessed with style that he spreads himself too thin. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
3.5/4 Knives Out (2019) PG Staff Johnson has fun with his screenplay, giving this talented group of actors their scenes of high drama and bad behavior. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 The Irishman (2019) Barry Paris The performances, as you might expect, are magnificent. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
3.5/4 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Maria Sciullo "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" is a loving tribute to the essence of Fred Rogers. Coupled with Neville's documentary, it underscores the notion that in ugly times, a legacy of kindness and understanding can indeed be stronger than hate. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
3/4 Harriet (2019) Ann Hornaday "Harriet" is the kind of instructional, no-nonsense biopic that may not take many artistic risks or sophisticated stylistic departures but manages to benefit from that lack of pretension. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Maria Sciullo There is no way this film should work. But it does, and it's brilliant in introducing groan-worthy puns and quips that soften you up before the genuine blows that come later. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2.5/4 The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Sharon Eberson It is entertaining, informative and perhaps the only time you will hear the complaint that a modern film might have benefited from a longer running time. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3.5/4 Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Barry Paris Director Matt Tyrnauer (previous documentaries include "Valentino: The Last Emperor" and "Studio 54") makes fine use of archival materials. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2.5/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Barry Paris Their fights are amazingly physical and psychological in a horror picture that ends more or less like Kubrick's "2001." EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/4 Mr. Klein (1976) Barry Paris Dark forces shaped the life and brilliant career of director Joseph Losey. Even darker forces shape the life of Mr. Klein, the title character of his last great film. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
2.5/4 The Addams Family (2019) Barry Paris I can't help feeling (and saying) that the 1991 live-action version... was better and much funnier. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Prayers for Bobby (2009) Rob Owen Prayers for Bobby is not a great movie, but it is a worthwhile one with a purpose beyond mere entertainment. It should be required viewing for any parent who considers disowning his or her gay child. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019