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Rating Title/Year Author
His Girl Friday (1940) Ronald D. Schofield It is no fare for the sentimentalist, romance seeker or sober problem play fan, but for those who want fast, hilarious and brittle farce it is tops. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2021
2/4 Teachers (1984) George Williams You walk out feeling badly used. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2021
1/4 From the Hip (1987) George Williams The flow of obnoxious silliness starts in the first 10 minutes. It's relentless, and you have wonder early why $10 million was spent in making the movie, and why the filmmakers invested two years of their lives on it. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2021
Last Embrace (1979) George Williams The story does not always ride a straight logical line and the dialogue is too often predictable, but Demme makes the most of what he has to work with. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2021
The Thing (1951) William C. Glackin [Charles Lederer's script] is a beautiful job of mixing comedy, action, suspense and real language to give good lifelike entertainment. The people talk, almost always, like people really talk, and behave just as believably. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2021
2/4 El Mariachi (1992) Joe Baltake The simple fact is, it's not very good, even if it was reportedly made for a measly $7000 on a record two-week schedule. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2021
3/4 Garbo Talks (1984) George Williams "Garbo Talks" is a winner. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2021
0/4 Cool as Ice (1991) Joe Baltake Truth is, I don't know what this him is about. I sat there for every one of its 93 minutes (which seemed eternal) and still can't figure it out. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
3/4 Stand and Deliver (1988) Joe Baltake The movie may be inspirational, but it refuses to offer false reassurances. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2021
2/4 La Bamba (1987) David Barton It is just a little too neat. The film is so tight that the viewer has a hard time getting inside, emotionally speaking. Plot devices that must have seemed nifty in conception are just a bit too perfect. There isn't enough to catch us with our guard down. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2021
Peeper (1975) Dan O'Neill The dialogue is too cute and the direction by Peter Hyams fails to give the film the light touch it needs. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
The Border (1982) George Williams Jack Nicholson gives his most satisfying performance in years, perhaps since "Five Easy Pieces," in "The Border," directed by Tony Richardson. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
A Touch of Zen (1971) George Williams The flavor is marvelously satisfying. You almost wish the three-hour movie would go on longer. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
Big Trouble in Little China (1986) George Williams When a circus is done right, you get caught up in its rhythm and lost in the fun of it. Carpenter has done it right. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
2/4 Psycho III (1986) George Williams Still playing Norman, Perkins is unable to find a new direction for the character in his own sequel. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
Delirious (1991) Joe Baltake John Candy and company may have been loudly struggling and straining on screen to find even a smidgen of humor in the pathetic plot, but you could hear a pin drop in the theater. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
2/4 Link (1986) George Williams [Shue] is lovely to look at but an incompetent actress and possessed of a nasal voice that is irritating and disrupting. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2021
4/4 Crimes of Passion (1984) George Williams Russell deals in extremes, and this film goes further than any American film I know of in its exploration of eroticism and sexual relationships. It's a don't-miss movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2021
Skin Deep (1989) Joe Baltake Ritter, with his unformed personality and hyper-child's face, looks as if he's been dipped in polyurethane and then lacquered with two coats. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
Porky's (1981) Bob Sylva If "Porky's" is "the funniest movie about growing up ever made" (check the ads), then suicide at 16 should be compulsory. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2021
Rear Window (1954) George Williams By the time Rear Window reaches its climax we're all guilty either directly or by encouraging the criminal act of burglary and breaking-and-entering trespassing peeping Tomism and at least a dozen counts of invasion of privacy. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2021
3/4 Lily in Love (1985) George Williams Makk gives his actors all the room they need to bring this story to life and they deliver. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2021
The Women (1939) Ronald D. Schofield Clare Booth's brittle satire on Park Avenue womanhood, The Women has been translated from stage to screen without losing any of its wallop, except for a certain toning down of dialogue to get by the Hays office. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2021
The Way of All Flesh (1927) Mila Landis Even the artificialities of Hollywood have not yet touched the fine acting of Jannings, as is proved by his excellent character work in The Way of All Flesh. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
Chan Is Missing (1982) Robert A. Masullo Chan Is Missing, but fortunately side-splitting humor that pokes not-so-gentle fun at ethnic stereotyping is not. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2021
Testament (1983) George Williams For all of the restraint of the cast and crew, Testament packs the biggest wallop of any movie I've seen in a long time. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2021
4/4 Sugar Cane Alley (1983) George Williams Though Palcy is young and virtually untried, you never get the feeling you are in the hands of anyone but a masterful filmmaker. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2021
Modern Times (1936) Hamilton L. Hintz .Many of the situations are slapstick and many of a higher order, some quite amusing and a few hilarious. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
The Wizard of Oz (1939) Ronald D. Schofield The Oz picture Is something of an adventure in new forms of expression on the screen, and it is generally very successful. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
The Challenge (1982) George Williams Glenn... moves like an arthritic giraffe and never until the climax shows that his character is a former boxing champion lately skilled in Asian martial arts. Lines of dialogue have not been spit out with such incompetence since the early Steve McQueen. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2021
The French Connection (1971) Andrew Gale Go to The French Connection for edge of the seat entertainment, but don't expect any moral to rationalize your fun. It's a rip-roaring, bloody bash of a movie and it needs no messagizing to justify its existence. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2021
4/4 Schindler's List (1993) Joe Baltake With his brave new film, Steven Spielberg not only tackles a subject that's largely been ignored by mainstream Hollywood but manages to handle it in an accessible, pulpy way that doesn't detract from the gravity of the material. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2021
3/4 The Bedroom Window (1987) George Williams "The Bedroom Window" gets you going. Though it doesn't quite match the master's touch for gripping suspense and sophisticated storytelling, it's close. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2021
2/5 A Shock to the System (1990) Joe Baltake Early on the film has some novel observant moments, but they stop coming once the bodies start mounting. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2021
On the Waterfront (1954) William C. Glackin The picture is full of fine acting performances, right down to bit parts, and of scenes with explosive power and hardeyed reality. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2021
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) SacBee Staff There is drama in All Quiet. There is also the brooding horror of the war. In short, All Quiet presents the war as seen through the eyes of youth of all nations. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2021
All About Eve (1950) William C. Glackin All of this is pursued in the movie at much too great length (two hours and 10 minutes), but with generally sustained interest and some craftsmanship of high quality. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2021
It Happened One Night (1934) Hamilton L. Hintz Clark Gable does possibly his best work to date and reveals more of a carefree comedy tendency than heretofore. The Colbert performance, too, is excellent. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
The Godfather (1972) William C. Glackin This is an exciting movie, brilliantly well made. It tells its story mainly through action, but it never makes you feel too much is happening too fast. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
3/4 Near Dark (1987) Joe Baltake Bigelow's visual compositions are crisp and eerie, wonderfully pictorial - we see this night life through the eyes of its maniacs - and she directs her actors as if they truly were performing in a garret production of a Shepard play. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2021
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) George Williams A primer on punk rock... Marvelous. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2021
4/4 Daughters of the Dust (1991) Joe Baltake Julie Dash's absolutely singular Daughters of the Dust... will prove to be an important, seminal work in film history. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2021
3/4 Bhaji on the Beach (1993) Joe Baltake This is another all-woman intergenerational cross-cultural comedy-drama cut from the same bolt of cloth as Herbert Ross' "Steel Magnolias" (1989) and Wayne Wang's "The Joy Luck Club" (1993) only one that's less exacting and silky than its predecessors. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/4 Wayne's World (1992) Joe Baltake Wayne's World is fizzy and loose with clean, quick cutting and lots of nimble jokes and stunts. And blessedly it's stupid -- and proud of it. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2021
Babes in Arms (1939) Ronald D. Schofield Babes In Arms is superior to most comparable pictures -- it Is fresh, original, full of youthful zip and kid comedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
The Man Who Played God (1932) Roy V. Bailey If you enjoy a picture that Is clean and wholesome an has a philosophy of true optimism back of It you will like this George Arliss vehicle. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
Broken Lullaby (1932) Roy V. Bailey It is a pleasure to recommend Broken Lullaby. It is decidedly different from the conventional film and has a message strongly portrayed that the things that unite humanity together are after all stronger than [our] differences. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
The Edison Minstrels (1913) SacBee Staff [The film] depicts the Edison Minstrels all the old jokes and songs making a big hit. Every voice in the chorus is plainly heard with the lips moving In unison. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
4/4 Out of Africa (1985) George Williams You get the feeling director Sydney Pollack was relentless in his determination to make every frame of this 2 1/2-hour movie a loving tribute to Isak Dinesen the Danish writer played by Streep. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
3.5/4 The Joy Luck Club (1993) Joe Baltake This lovely movie encourages us to see the power that we all have over one another. And that power it says doesn't always have to be destructive. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020