Detroit Free Press

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Rating Title/Year Author
Bad Company (1972) Susan Stark Robert Benton and David Newman, the writing team responsible for "Bonnie and Clyde," tell a simple story here in a simple, quietly convincing way. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2021
House of Usher (1960) Helen Bower Price is no stranger to horror pictures. Here he has the chance for some impressive acting... On the side of sanity is dark-haired Mark Damon as Miss Fahey's fiancé. His performance Is unusually striking. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2021
The Thing (1951) Helen Bower On the whole the movie is far and away the most original and ingenious in this new category of pseudo-scientific entertainment. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2021
Kwaidan (1964) Ken Barnard It is more like a picture on a wall than something that should move on a screen. The director seems never to know when to have done with a scene and be on to another sequence. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2021
2/4 Ghost Story (1981) Diane Haithman A noble attempt. It just didn't happen to work very well. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2021
The Little Fugitive (1953) Helen Bower [This film] belongs to the people. It is the first and only American movie in the style of The Bicycle Thief, for simplicity and veracity. It is a movie about the way many people in the United States live and enjoy themselves with a day at Coney Island. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2021
Gun Crazy (1950) Helen Bower Dall is good in the role, Miss Cummins sulkily pretty. Berry Kroeger and Morris Carnowsky have support roles as carny owner and a judge, respectively. But a juvenile-delinquent opening slows and lengthens the picture unnecessarily. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2021
House by the River (1950) Helen Bower The whole picture has been hammed up until it would be funny if it wasn't so unbearably dull. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2021
The Great Train Robbery (1903) Freep Staff It stands out as the greatest and most sensational moving picture story ever seen in this city... the "train robbery" takes rank over [other acts] from its great novelty, its wonderful execution and its truth to a life that few have seen. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2021
The Day of the Locust (1975) Susan Stark John Schlesinger brings West's vision to the screen, monstrosity for monstrosity, sadness for sadness, and makes of it an immensely affecting motion picture. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2021
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) Bettelou Peterson As usual, the Peanuts characters were captured with all their charm by the animaters in a completely delightful show. It's turning into a nice holiday TV custom. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2021
3/4 El Mariachi (1992) Judy Gerstel Like an outlaw Strictly Ballroom, El Mariachi is an irresistible send-up with an engaging plot. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2021
French Connection II (1975) Susan Stark Riveting entertainment. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2021
The One and Only (1978) Susan Stark Clearly this is silly stuff, but Reiner's brand of silliness has a freshness and audacity that make it relatively simple to overlook the occasional lapses into potty humor and other forms of juvenile comedy... EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2021
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1975) Susan Stark You've heard of "Lassie, Come Home"? They should call this one, "Won Ton Ton, Go Home." EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2021
Plaza Suite (1971) Susan Stark A marvelously entertaining film... EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2021
3/4 Go Fish (1994) Frank Bruni It's also witty and, in the end, subtly heartwarming, a lurching-toward-love story for anyone who's ever felt a romantic stirring. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2021
The Littlest Outlaw (1955) Helen Bower Disney has combined in this Mexican-made movie something of his People and Places series with a story that should have special appeal for children. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2021
8/10 To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) Catherine Rambeau Comparisons to TV's "Miami Vice" are probably inevitable because of the picture's look and sound track. But "To Live and Die in L.A." is hotter, faster, kinkier, and has better music. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2021
Blue Collar (1978) Susan Stark The lead actors, all three of them, are marvelous, working both with and off each other in performances of great integrity. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2021
3/4 On Golden Pond (1981) Jack Mathews If you can check your cynicism at the door, here's a two-hour tonic guaranteed to lift your spirits. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2021
Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York (1975) Susan Stark The film has virtually no appeal. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
El Super (1979) Diane Haithman Whether we call it comedy or tragedy is irrelevant to those things that make this film special. The film does not proceed along a set story line, but is constructed of a series of realistic and endearing vignettes. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2021
The Hand (1981) Jack Mathews About halfway through this thing, you'll find there's more fun in making up jokes than following the story. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2021
7/10 Stand and Deliver (1988) Linnea Lannon OK, it's flawed. But goodness triumphs. Stand and Deliver is a great movie for anyone with a schoolbook, for anyone who thinks bad things can't change, for anyone who thinks one person is not enough to make a difference. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2021
A Man Called Adam (1966) Ken Barnard A production with the look of being hastily stitched together, while nurturing loftier ambitions. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2021
7/10 La Bamba (1987) Kathy Huffhines Sweet and serious, a fine little movie that accomplishes just what it sets out to do. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2021
3/4 The Border (1982) Jack Mathews Jack Nicholson gives his best starring performance since "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" as a soul-searching U.S. border patrolman... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
8/10 El Norte (1983) Catherine Rambeau [Audiences will] get plenty for their money: powerful acting, flint-clean cinematography, a riveting story that transcends geographical boundaries, and a touch of the supernatural thrown in for good measure. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2021
6/10 Romantic Comedy (1983) Diane Haithman Slade's touch is a little lighter than Neil Simon's, and there are enough little surprises in the plot to keep it from being repetitive or dull. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2021
Blume in Love (1973) Susan Stark "Blume in Love" establishes Paul Mazursky as the most abundantly talented oddball at work in American cinema. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2021
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) Susan Stark A very funny and in significant ways a very admirable movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2021
Black Orpheus (1959) Helen Bower [Breno Mello and Marpessa] Dawn are exceedingly well chosen to be the romantic principals. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2021
The Pearl (1947) Helen Bower Detroiters who wish to round out their experience of "foreign" films should include it and come away with new appreciation for the product of Mexico's Studios Churubusco, where it was produced. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
The Way of All Flesh (1927) Ella H. McCormick Great care has been shown in the backgrounds for this photodrama and meticulous attention to detail has been exercised. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2021
5/10 Psycho III (1986) Catherine Rambeau Red herrings, flashbacks and hallucinations, violence and the various obsessions of its characters give this complicated and occasionally out-of control film a curious power and appeal. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
3/10 Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Catherine Rambeau "Big Trouble in Little China" might have been fun 10 years ago. Now, it's an embarrassment long past its time, with nothing new to offer audiences. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
6/10 Doc Hollywood (1991) Judy Gerstel It looks like a movie, sounds like a movie, smells like a movie. But is it a movie? Naaah, it's a sitcom on steroids. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
5/10 Troop Beverly Hills (1989) Kathy Huffhines "Troop Beverly Hills" is based on the real experiences of its producer Ava Fries, but it doesn't pay the kind of detailed attention to the Beverly Hills girls Fries must have known to make the movie work. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
6/10 Baby Boom (1987) Kathy Huffhines Ultimately, "Baby Boom" is a bust because the writers took the baby out of the boom instead of taking the boom out of the baby. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
The Maltese Falcon (1941) Frank P. Gill Messrs. Alfred Hitchcock and Fritz Lang, filmdom's ace thriller directors, had better look to their laurels, for they are facing dangerous competition in John Huston. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2021
The Hot Rock (1972) John Weisman It's a great action film and a blissfully funny one, too. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2021
Simon (1980) Jack Mathews Despite its weaknesses in pacing and its evolution from sly intellectual humor to pretty standard slapstick, Brickman's coming out party hits a lot of nice notes... EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2021
7/10 Crimes of Passion (1984) Catherine Rambeau It remains steamy, sordid, grim and utterly fascinating, but it is not a movie to be taken lightly. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2021
5/10 Skin Deep (1989) Kathy Huffhines These women exist only to wear clothes and take them off. With clothes is better than without, since the communication of genuine sexual attraction isn't one of the movie's strong points. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
5/10 License to Drive (1988) Kathy Huffhines Bee-man [has] a light, affectionate touch with his stars and an even lighter, more affectionate touch with the cars that survive some amusingly narrow escapes. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
5/10 The Toy (1982) Jack Mathews It is a mild disgrace that with all its resources, the film industry can't come up with a vehicle worthy of a man who is likely the most talented comedy actor of our time. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2021
2/4 Porky's (1981) Diane Haithman Though it may only be by mistake, "Porky's" and its cast of personable characters manages to spark several genuinely funny moments (of course, it manages to spark still more that genuinely aren't). EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2021
The Late Show (1977) Susan Stark The film's striking originality, as well as its emotional force, stems from the two personalities that stand as an excuse for its mannered plot. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2021
Harry and Tonto (1974) Susan Stark Thrills and chills there are not in "Harry and Tonto." But there's a lot of Art Carney, a warmly welcome new starring presence at the movies. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021