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Rating Title/Year Author
() Shadow Stage You'll find yourself absorbed by the spectacle and, if you don't go away humming those good tunes, we'll be surprised. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
The Jazz Singer (1927) Shadow Stage Jolson is no movie actor. Without his Broadway reputation, he wouldn't rate as a minor player. The only interest in the picture is his six songs. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
The Hitch-Hiker (1953) Janet Graves [A] wearisome and pointless attempt at continuous tension. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
Babes in Arms (1939) Shadow Stage Hold your hats, boys, and anything else that might shake off your lap while you're laughing. They don't come any funnier than this. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
Casablanca (1942) Shadow Stage Humphrey Bogart is grand. Ingrid Bergman is poignantly and dramatically beautiful. Henreid is quietly convincing as are Conrad Veidt and the rest of the notable cast. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
Wings (1927) Shadow Stage By all means see Wings. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
The Eternal Sapho (1916) Julian Johnson In The Eternal Sapho,[ Bara] shows flashes of character definition and intense dramatic expression which she has not previously manifested. The piece itself is ponderously negligible. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
Merton of the Movies (1924) Shadow Stage Harry Leon Wilson's superb satire of movieland has reached the screen minus a considerable measure of its tang. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
Cimarron (1931) Shadow Stage One of the year's best pictures. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
Imitation of Life (1934) Shadow Stage You will weep gallons, but you will love this warm, human story of the fine friendship between two mothers of different races allied in the common cause of their children. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/4 The Defiant Ones (1958) Shadow Stage This intense and compelling saga of a jailbreak ranks high among the few films to combine message and drama at the same time. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
Stormy Weather (1943) Shadow Stage Lena Home sings some old tunes so hauntingly beautiful, climaxing the parade with Stormy Weather. Cab Calloway and his Hi-de-hi gang go over with a gang in their numbers so suitable to their special brand of music. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
The Great Ziegfeld (1936) Shadow Stage The Great Ziegfeld is, to put it mildly, terrific. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
The Sheik (1921) Shadow Stage Here is romance. Red-hot. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
The Gaucho (1927) Shadow Stage Lupe Velez, Doug's leading lady, actually overshadows him as far as their respective performances are concerned. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927) Shadow Stage Alexander Korda failed to rise to the lighter satirical touches. Yet it is going to rank with the distinct screen achievements of the year. A picture distinctly worth while. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
The Circus (1928) Shadow Stage Charlie Chaplin turns circus performer in a story which teems with spontaneous humor and yet maintains the plaintive heart interest we have learned to expect from Chaplin. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
() Shadow Stage A production so touching, so beautiful, so genuinely human that pen picture cannot do it justice. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
Leave Her to Heaven (1945) Sara Hamilton Gene Tierney does the best job of her career. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
Detour (1945) Sara Hamilton Ann Savage, who plays a no-good, does a beauty of a job... We feel you will have a bond of sympathy for Neal, both in person and story and that always makes for a good show. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) Janet Graves Honest, sympathetic, and highly emotional. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Cabin in the Sky (1943) Shadow Stage Fans, of course, will go for the music of Louis Armstrong in a big way. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Outrage (1950) Liza Wilson Since she has turned director-producer, Ida's aim has been to seek new themes for pictures and new faces. In this picture she has been far more successful with the latter. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Young and Innocent (1937) Shadow Stage One always expects a deft handling of suspense, sane dialogue, and expert delineation of character in Director Alfred Hitchcock's pictures, and this one is no disappointment. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Cape Fear (1962) Janet Graves [Mitchum] makes the nice folks look weak and unconvincing. But then the story as a whole isn't realistic -- though it goes into unnecessary and distasteful detail. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) Janet Graves Here are Paul and Shirley playing true love gone wrong (in the shape of two pretty stupid types), while Geraldine portrays fallen grandeur with superb dash. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Follow That Dream (1962) Janet Graves Most of the way, it's a cheerful homespun comedy with easygoing songs and funny lines; so it can be forgiven for slowing to a near-standstill at the finish. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Five Finger Exercise (1962) Janet Graves The talk and three of the talkers get so irritating that interest wears thin along with the theme. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Through a Glass Darkly (1961) Janet Graves Director Bergman gives it an inner light and warmth with the same message as in Wild Strawberries -- the difficulty and importance of loving. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Last Year at Marienbad (1961) Janet Graves Every shot is filled with beauty and with mystery. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962) Janet Graves The team works hard to get chuckles out of a low-geared entry. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Rome Adventure (1962) Janet Graves Maybe we needn't save our money to visit Italy -- the real thing couldn't possibly look as lovely as this travelogue-with-trimmings. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Hell Is for Heroes (1962) Janet Graves This blunt account of World War II action has a look of reality, borne out by matter-of-fact performances. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
State Fair (1962) Janet Graves New and old songs, young and veteran stars (like Alice Faye) are all highly attractive. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
The Miracle Worker (1962) Janet Graves Simple, powerful, unsentimental, this version of the stage hit is a real movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Hamlet (1921) Shadow Stage Asta Nielsen in the leading role is remarkably good. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Daughter of Shanghai (1937) Shadow Stage Miss Wong deserves better than this picture offers. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
What Do Men Want? (1921) Shadow Stage It is well staged and well acted. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
The Champ (1931) Shadow Stage It's one of the best talkies of the year, and if you don't get many times your money's worth out of it, you'd better see a psychiatrist. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
Daughter of the Gods (1916) Julian Johnson Seldom has any photoplay been conceived with such a wealth of varied material, with thrills so interspersed between moments of quaintness and closeup bits of expressive pantomime. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Summer Storm (1944) Sara Hamilton Either there was magic in the direction of Douglas Sirk, or something of the decadent Russia prior to the Revolution found its way into the heart of each player, for seldom have we seen every performer rise to meet the fullest possibilities of his role. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) Sara Hamilton Really we couldn't be more enthusiastic about this movie that earns its right to be labeled "entertainment." EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
A Night at the Opera (1935) Shadow Stage You'll howl at this one. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
The Fall of a Nation (1916) Julian Johnson It is not good entertainment because it is neither original nor spectacular. At this writing, twelve hours after witnessing the display, it is impossible to recall one battle scene. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Double Indemnity (1944) Shadow Stage What a picture! EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
Maedchen in Uniform (1931) Shadow Stage As the one understanding and loving teacher, Dorothea Wieck gives a tender and beautiful performance, and the direction by Leontine Sagan is flawless. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
The Gulf Between (1917) Randolph Bartlett and Kitty Kelly While it is a tremendous step forward.it is not always satisfactory. The unfortunate thing about this picture is that the story is dull, trite, and drawn out interminably. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
The Children's Hour (1961) Janet Graves Audrey and Shirley manage to give emotional scenes shattering impact, but they're operating against handicaps. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Light in the Piazza (1962) Janet Graves Delicate handling and the mellow settings of Florence give this unusual story an air of tender romance you'd hardly expect from the subject. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Tender Is the Night (1962) Janet Graves In spite of good acting, it isn't too successful at invading the worlds of psychoanalysis and the very rich, who fascinated Fitzgerald so. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020