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Rating Title/Year Author
His Girl Friday (1940) Richard W. Statham The picture is really a howl and should find favor with every member of the family. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2021
Sunset Blvd. (1950) Phyllis Wilson The photography is outstanding and some of the dialogue suggests that unlike Narcissus, Hollywood has not fallen completely in love with its own reflection. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2021
Leave Her to Heaven (1945) William R. Channon Despite the fine performances turned in by Miss Tierney and Cornel Wilde, the orchids for acting In this piece go to Jeanne Crain. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2021
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) Bob Blackburn The story Is not told with the convincing logic which makes the most Imaginative science fiction acceptable. Its explanations are full of holes, it lacks form, and It ends without satisfaction. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2021
Seconds (1966) Gordon Stoneham It's a harrowing little story, well adapted by John Lewis Carlino from David Ely's novel, and director John Frankenheimer, with the assistance of James Wong Howe's fluid black-and-white photography, has done it up in a stark and uncompromising style. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2021
The Thing (1951) Phyllis Wilson For a quick cool-off on a hot afternoon there's nothing like a few chills up and down the spine -- all supplied In this latest piece of science fiction. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2021
The Little Fugitive (1953) Citizen Staff The star of this remarkable film story is Joey Norton, age 7, (Richie Andrusco) who outdoes Jackie Coogan of Chaplin days because he Is practically the whole show, all by himself. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2021
Gun Crazy (1950) Stephen Franklin What happens after that is not the mere application of contrived events, but the result of unfolding characters. The obsessions which spur the pair on are unusual; to their credit they, are also believable. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2021
3/4 El Mariachi (1992) Noel Taylor Creative exuberance is its own reward and El Mariachi is strikingly original even with its constant reminders of Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2021
Salomy Jane (1914) Citizen Staff Photographically the whole production is of the highest order. The acting, the dramatic end of the picture, equals the technical end. Beatriz Michelena is featured and gives a clear interpretation of the fiery Salomy Jane Clay. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2021
3/5 Go Fish (1994) Steven Mazey The film slowly, unexcitingly works its way to an unsurprising ending. We know from the beginning where things are headed and, in Go Fish, waiting for the predictable isn't much fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2021
The Littlest Outlaw (1955) Bob Blackburn This story is just ton infernally cute for words, and the real-life characters are immensely less appealing than their cartoon counterparts who come from the same studios. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2021
Stand and Deliver (1988) Nancy Baele Stand and Deliver convincingly conveys the high that occurs when things are humming in a classroom, when the light dawns and a concept comes crystal clear. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2021
El Norte (1983) Jacob Siskind [Nava] knows whereof he speaks and he speaks eloquently. I would put this down as one of the best films of the past five years. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2021
A Touch of Zen (1971) Richard Labonte Zen is a visual feast, thin on plot but stuffed with scene after outstanding scene made even more breathtaking by the camera's slow insistence on revealing the sheltered beauty of a flower as well as the stunning sweep of a desert plain. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
4/4 The Runner (1984) Noel Taylor [Amiro is] a scrappy kid, played so appealingly by Majid Niroumand that there will be those in the audience who will want to reach out to protect him from the other runners around him. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2021
1/4 Mortal Kombat Annihilation (1997) Steven Mazey Take the worst elements of martial arts movies, the worst elements of science fiction movies... and the cheesiest sets and special effects this side of Ed Wood. Mix them together and you have something called Mortal Kombat Annihilation. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
The Philadelphia Story (1940) Robert Murdock MacLeod It's all very amusing, with rapier-like dialogue, and Miss Hepburn carrying through the psychological study of the character of the young lady she is playing in most brilliant manner. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2021
North by Northwest (1959) Bob Blackburn North By Northwest can only be described as a rattling good chunk of entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2021
Rear Window (1954) Bob Blackburn The film is quite colorful, has some intriguing characters, not to mention the patrician Miss Kelly, and by and large is a pretty good bet for these dull days. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2021
The Women (1939) Robert Murdock MacLeod [The Women] will likely prove a hilariously funny picture to men, and possibly not so humorous in some spots to members of the gentler sex. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2021
The Power and the Glory (1933) Citizen Staff Miss Moore proves by her work In this truly fine picture that she has lost none of the art that made her famous several years ago. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
Home of the Brave (1949) Frank E. Hanratty The makers of Home of the Brave have succeeded in probing into the minds and souls of a small group of representative American soldiers to find a telling story of the bitter fruit reaped by those who are the victims of race prejudice. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2021
Sugar Cane Alley (1983) Noel Taylor Effortlessly enchanting. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2021
Modern Times (1936) Thomas H. Turner Charlie has broken considerable new ground in Modern Times, which he has made into a slashing attack on the industrial system (not on capitalism). Mass production is put on the spot in withering ridicule. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
The Wizard of Oz (1939) Robert Murdock MacLeod The greater scope of the screen has allowed vastly more latitude in the presentation than is possible on the stage, and with a cast of popular and capable players The Wizard of Oz is one of the season's finest attractions. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2021
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Gordon Stoneham Seldom have the resources of the movie medium been used with more striking skill or to more dramatic effect. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2021
The French Connection (1971) Noel Taylor Friedkin has a gripping story to tell and wastes little time with diversionary devices. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2021
5/5 Schindler's List (1993) Noel Taylor Spielberg's skill as narrator and visualizer lies in his ability not to dwell on the nightmare, and to blend despair with hope even as the tormentors expand their catalogue of cruelty. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2021
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) William M. Gladish The film does give you something to think about, for a long time afterwards. There are Incidents of natural humor and, with a gripping story, they come as welcome relief. The multi-award picture will not disappoint the masses. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2021
An American in Paris (1951) William M. Gladish An American in Paris establishes a new standard of musical-comedy fare. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
On the Waterfront (1954) Citizen Staff Brando and [Eva Marie Saint] fall in love, and it's as realistic and tragic a blossoming of love as the screen has portrayed for many frames. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2021
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) James G. Bloom Once in the proverbial blue moon there comes to the screen a picture that has a powerful effect and appeal on the intelligence and the emotions. Such a picture is All Quiet on the Western Front. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2021
The Godfather, Part II (1974) Noel Taylor By bringing it close to the present day and digging deeper into its roots, Coppola has come up with a much more definitive explanation of [organized crime]. There will obviously be no need for a Part Three. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2021
It Happened One Night (1934) C.B. Fraser It Happened One Night will surely make you a happier person after you have seen it. It has that sparkling, entertaining, realistic yet romantic quality that no one between the ages of eight and eighty can resist. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
Gilda (1946) James B. Roe The photography is excellent, and shows an improvement in this Hollywood department which is be coming increasingly noticeable. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
The Godfather (1972) Noel Taylor Brando's total authority and the skill with which he masters every nuance of the aging process, linger in the mind long after the savagery is forgotten. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
Near Dark (1987) Nancy Baele Well acted and haunting Near Dark is a filmic breakthrough, the equivalent of an adult Grimm Brothers fairy tale. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2021
4/4 Daughters of the Dust (1991) Noel Taylor Dash's film is as much a visual experience as an aural one. She is a film-maker whose passion for her subject permeates very frame. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2021
4/4 The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) Noel Taylor Greenwald's strength as director lies in her enthusiasm for the spirit of the Western and the attention she lavishes on its daily life. Revisionist it may be, but it's long overdue. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
2/4 Clueless (1995) Jay Stone As if. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2021
Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 (1929) E.W. Harrold A highly entertaining, colorful and effective screen musical comedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
Citizen Kane (1941) Robert Murdock MacLeod [Orson Welles] has done a remarkable job of producing something different from the ordinary run of film fare, and in doing so has brought a number of new faces to the screen, besides appearing in the title roll himself. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
The Way of All Flesh (1927) Archie K. Davie His portrayal of the central role In this picture, that of August Schilling, is a masterly one, and from a rather simple story Jannings makes a deep and moving drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
Wings (1927) Citizen Staff The thrilling adventures in the air that are shown... must be seen. They are beyond anything else of their kind, and are a wonderful achievement in photoplay construction. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
Imitation of Life (1934) Citizen Staff At times [Imitation of Life] moves with rapidity from merriment to pathos, but it is enthralling throughout. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
The Defiant Ones (1958) Bob Blackburn Curtis and Poitier, carrying most of the acting load, both do well, and in addition, there are some very real minor characters. It's a film with something to say, but apart from a few moments which tend to be talky, it says it with absorbing action. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
Stormy Weather (1943) Citizen Staff Jammed with Joy and Jive, the musical delight, Stormy Weather, filled with the many favorite negro entertainers who are as well known as the popular title song, provides more than an hour of fine entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
Convention City (1933) C.B. Fraser [Convention City] sets a fast and furious pace at the start -- and never slackens for an instant during the entire film. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
Flaming Youth (1923) Citizen Staff The age-old argument as to whether or not a wife has the right to demand o her husband the name rigidity of standards as he demands of her... forms the sensational theme of Flaming Youth, a powerful story of modern unconventional life. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020