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Rating Title/Year Author
Maudite soit la guerre (1914) A. Danson Michell Beyond doubt the finest film of its kind in existence. A more thoroughly interesting picture would be hard to make or imagine. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Shoes (1916) Peter Milne If Shoes strikes an audience in the right mood the people are going to be greatly moved by it. If it strikes it in the wrong mood they are going to grow tired of it. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
What Do Men Want? (1921) Lillian R. Gale In this particular instance What Do Men Want, main title of a splendid motion picture, is really what women want to see on the screen. At least, the fair sex will enjoy every foot of it. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
The Carpet from Bagdad (1915) Peter Milne The exterior settings are as substantial as the genuine article, while the interiors of the palace, harem, hotel and other places bespeak of a minute attention to detail. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
The Fall of a Nation (1916) MPN Staff The picture is Mr. Dixon's plea for an adequate army, and in a combination of the spectacular and the interest created by a personal story he accomplishes his purpose with considerable clarity and force. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
The Gulf Between (1917) Peter Milne These faults can readily be erased and The Gulf Between will then not only offer a novelty but an entertaining story as well. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Queen of the Sea (1918) P.S. Harrison It possesses few situations with heart interest, being an entertainment for the eye only. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
The Vermillion Pencil (1922) Laurence Reid The appeal is chiefly melodramatic -- the story is one of physical action and romance, but not drama. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
The Legion of the Condemned (1928) Laurence Reid There can be no complaints about the screen being surfeited with war stories just as long as they stack up as good as this one. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
Paris (1929) Red Kann The whole affair is a load of fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
The Splendid Sinner (1918) Peter Milne Miss Garden is the embodiment of the title role. She conveys the spirit of it and dresses it and suggests it in her bearings. At the same time she breathes exuberance and life into it. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
The Flapper (1920) Matthew Taylor The director, author and star are the trinity that have made this interesting little photoplay, which provides good entertainment even 11 h docs not attempt lo be a world-beater. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
Deliverance (1919) Frank Leonard This picture is lifted from the plane of mere entertainment by Miss Keller's portrayal of herself. By it is set an example which is an inspiration to those who falter when the way is hard. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
Treasure Island (1920) Laurence Reid The action on the pirate ship, the conflict on the island, the incidents which lead up to Jim's adventure -- these points ore what make the picture retain the vital quality of the story. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
Unpardonable Sin (1919) Harvey E. Thew Aside from being a good entertainment, the picture should prove a fairly strong sermon against the wiles of the bartender. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
Thunder (1929) Bill Furman Thunder has plenty of thrills and contains a greater human interest story than is usually the case with pictures that have a railroad background. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
The White Heather (1919) Peter Milne It is the backgrounds to which we wish to draw attention. The undersea scenes including the fight beneath the waves, photographed by means of the Williamson Submarine Tube, are still startling in their newness. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
The Iron Claw (1916) Harvey E. Thew The newest Pathe serial has performed its first duty admirably : it has aroused the interest, and has kept it in suspension. The story promises to be an absorbing one, and it is so presented as to make all of its points tell. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
Rolled Stockings (1927) Laurence Reid The campus atmosphere is fairly authentic -- and the piece does register youth. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
The Better Wife (1919) Tom Hamlin Any film fan can anticipate everything that is going to happen in the following reels and there is nothing in the picture that appeals to the emotions. It is nice to look at, but not entertaining. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
The Gray Horizon (1919) Laurence Reid Hayakawa is an actor who always makes his work compelling. There is in his repressive methods a reserve strength which is always felt by the observer. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
The Great Air Robbery (1920) Laurence Reid You get all the thrills of flying from this picture without experiencing any of its dangers. You look with amazement upon the nerve of Locklear, and you wonder at the risks that he and his company have taken. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Wildcat of Paris (1919) P.S. Harrison This picture will rank among the best Priscilla Dean contributions. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Double Speed (1920) J.S. Dickerson The scenarioist has resorted to the extreme in coincidence in this modern Cinderella story, and his plot is painfully convenient and full of holes as to its logic, but nevertheless the picture should register as highly entertaining with any audience. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Brewster's Millions (1921) Laurence Reid This adaptation of George Barr McCutcheon's popular novel and Winchell Smith's play fits the star to a dot. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
Three Week-Ends (1928) George J. Reddy A pleasing little morsel, sort of light on the story but easy on the eyes is this vehicle for the "it" girl. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
The Devil's Daughter (1915) George D. Proctor Theda Bara's physical charms and many scenes chosen for their photographic beauty give the picture considerable artistic value. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
She's a Sheik (1927) Laurence Reid The piece skips along at a good pace, sending forth its chuckles and never becoming over-serious in its play of adventure and romance. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
An Arabian Knight (1920) Joseph L. Kelley [Hayakawa] is given opportunity to impersonate the lowest of the low and the noblest of the noble; to execute comedy touches, melodramatic impulses; adventurous escapades and romance -- in all -- running the scale of dramatic possibilities. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
Cabiria (1914) MPN Staff The picture well-nigh beggars description. Words are feeble in their capacity to convey the impressions created by the series of stupendous spectacles which are here welded together into one gigantic photodrama. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) Laurence Reid A picture so thoroughly radical, so totally unlike anything that has ever been presented before, that its reception among filmgoers will cause wide discussion as to its merits or demerits. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
The Golem (1920) Laurence Reid It would not be a misstatement to declare it one of the few distinctive subjects of the screen, particularly in respect to its production and the manner in which it grips the spectator. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
Her Friend the Bandit (1914) MPN Staff This comedy is poor. A large amount of slapstick work appears, but it is not as funny as it could be. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Faust (1926) Laurence Reid As tine as the technicalities of this production are the attention is not held to strict account. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
Old Ironsides (1926) Laurence Reid Only the richest superlatives can do justice to Old Ironsides. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
The Cat and the Canary (1927) Oscar Cooper The action is rapid, and is stepped up nicely to the thrill and horror moments, and then stepped down with humorous touches, in just the right proportion. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
Song of the Flame (1930) Walter R. Greene In picture form, the operetta secures the further advantage of sweeping action and scenes in Technicolor. These factors alone assure acceptance of Song of the Flame as good entertainment, regardless of its unmovable story structure. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928) Laurence Reid It shapes up well enough in situations and characters, but for the life of it the sparkle of the book and the play was unable to be captured. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
That Royle Girl (1925) Frank Elliott The scenes in the underworld jazz joints are the last word in realism. So is the great storm sequence. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
Disraeli (1921) Matthew Taylor Disraeli is just as high class a piece of work on screen as it is on the stage. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
Anne of Green Gables (1919) Tom Hamlin This picture should suitably entertain. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
Your Girl and Mine: A Woman Suffrage Play (1914) C.J. Verhalen In these eight thousand feet of pictures they have brought forth many arguments which cannot help but bring results because of the convincing manner in which they are set forth. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
The Battle Cry of Peace (1915) W. R. Andrews The picture is destined to perform an inestimable service for the country by arousing the people to a proper realization of the true condition of the nation's defenses -- or, rather, lack of defenses. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
The Dark Angel (1925) George T. Pardy Ronald Colman has never appeared to such good advantage as in the part of hero Captain Trent, and the support is faultless. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
Hollywood (1923) Frank Shelton The big outstanding feature of this production is that it is refreshingly different. It is a novel idea and who is there to gainsay that this is not just what a jaded public is hungry for. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
Beau Sabreur (1928) Laurence Reid Those who have been waiting in expectation of seeing a fitting sequel to Beau Geste are sure to be disappointed here. The intention may have been good to equal it or surpass it, but the story simply isn't there. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
The Divine Woman (1928) Laurence Reid Supported by a cast that is well-balanced [Garbo] makes this orthodox story of a warped romance that comes out of the clouds into the strong sunlight of happiness, a work of real consequence. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Beggar on Horseback (1925) Laurence Reid A milestone of artistic creations. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Madame Sans-Gêne (1925) Laurence Reid Somehow the feeling is created that the picture lacks something -- call it animation -- call it drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Ladies of the Mob (1928) Laurence Reid They've taken Clara Bow out of the "it" roles to bask her under the emotional flame of drama -- and she does very well. Indeed, she does so well by the role that provision should be made toward giving her a chance to do a Bernhardt occasionally. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020