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Rating Title/Year Author
Some Kind of Hero (1982) Bernard Drew An embarrassingly bad concoction. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Beyond the Limit (1983) Bernard Drew Although Beyond the Limit is based on Graham Greene's The Honorary Consul and deals with political intrigue, terrorism and illicit love, it is a strangely unexciting and remote movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
The Dead Zone (1983) Bernard Drew An unusual, fast-moving thriller even though it seems to be two separate stories connected by the same hero. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Deal of the Century (1983) Bernard Drew A stupid, unfunny affair which wastes the talents of its stars Chevy Chase, Sigourney Weaver, Gregory Hines and Wallace Shawn. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
I Could Never Have Sex With Any Man Who Has So Little Regard for My Husband (1973) Bernard Drew Not that the film itself is devoid of humor. There are a number of laughs, and good ones, liberally strewn throughout. But it promises more than it really delivers. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Siddhartha (1972) Bernard Drew It is impossibly beautiful to the eye, in no small part due to the photography of Sven Nykvist, who is Ingmar Bergman's cinematographer, and if one gives a little, even pleasing to the ear. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Shaft in Africa (1973) Bernard Drew Shaft in Africa takes detective John Shaft to Ethiopia for some fast-paced exploits as he tracks down the leader of a slave trade gang in much the best of the Shaft pictures. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
() Bernard Drew It's not up to Morrissey's snuff. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
A Matter of Days (À Quelques Jours Pres) (1969) Bernard Drew Surprisingly tame and passionless, considering its mise-en-scene. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
Demon Seed (1977) Bernard Drew Donald Cammell directed it from a screen play by Robert Jaffe and Roger O. Hirson, who in turn, adapted it from a novel by Dean R. Koontz. They ail should apologize to Miss Christie and to us. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Rollercoaster (1977) Bernard Drew The trouble with the movie is that there is no variety to it and little suspense after that first disastrous ride. There's quite a bit of sound and fury, signifying not, much. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
March or Die (1977) Bernard Drew March or Die should be as light as four feathers but it isn't. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Dirty Little Billy (1972) Bernard Drew So now we know that such people are made and not born, and so what? EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
The Day of the Jackal (1973) Bernard Drew This is not a bad movie, it races by and entertains, after a fashion. It simply is not as good as it should have been. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
A Doll's House (1973) Bernard Drew [Claire Bloom] has taken a role out of the library, dusted it off, and made it into the most exciting performance by an actress currently to be seen. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Emperor of the North (1973) Bernard Drew I can't recall ever seeing Marvin better. He plays a man with no past, little future and a shaky present, his every word and gesture indicates larger reserves of feeling, held in abeyance for a better day and a world which may receive it. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Scarecrow (1973) Bernard Drew For too long a stretch, it is simply the story of two men going nowhere, which goes nowhere itself, despite the fine acting of Hackman and Pacino. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
The Driver (1978) Bernard Drew A highly stylized, pretentious thriller. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Foul Play (1978) Bernard Drew Somewhere in the cumbersome comedy thriller Colin Higgins has made of Foul Play, lies the ghost of a good, old-fashioned mystery-comedy-romance. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
The Boys From Brazil (1978) Bernard Drew Olivier is staggeringly good -- does he know how to be bad? -- and all of the... stars who support him contribute gleaming performances. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Oliver's Story (1978) Bernard Drew Though this foolishness goes on, I will not. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Man Friday (1975) Bernard Drew Man Friday suffers by imposing 20th Century concepts and new wisdoms onto an old classic and by having only an occasional sense of humor. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Luther (1973) Bernard Drew Luther as a character comes off second best to all of his opponents, who are more ornamentally written and played with bravura. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
The Nelson Affair (1973) Bernard Drew Finch, who can do this sort of thing with his eyes closed and one hand behind his back (and indeed he plays most of his scenes with a black patch and one empty sleeve) does much with the little Rattigan has afforded him. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Soylent Green (1973) Bernard Drew It seems, for all its futuristic malarkey, as contrived and antiquated a melodrama as may be seen any night on the Late Show. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Hell's Angels '69 (1969) Bernard Drew It's too bad that a workable idea has been spoiled by clumsy writing. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
() Bernard Drew !t reveals the fair city of Stockholm to be a kind of Gothic Sodom and Gomorrah filled with every kind of debauchery and perversion imaginable and its fair and beautiful people a race which emerges from the womb straight into the gutter. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Winning (1969) Bernard Drew The picture, unfortunately, is a loser pretty much all of the way. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Run Wild, Run Free (1969) Bernard Drew You find yourself cheering every advance, and suffering with every setback. This is due in no small part to the performance of Mark Lester. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
The Lost Man (1969) Bernard Drew It is too bad that so vital and important a subject is given so lax and diffuse a treatment. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Last Summer (1969) Bernard Drew It is so achingly real, so sensitively written, so sharply directed and amazingly acted by a quartet of young players, that Last Summer stands, in mid-season, as one of the finest films of the year. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Bernard Drew The film is a raffish, good humored ballad with Butch and Sundance as a pair of lovable rogues -- a Bonnie and Clyde to a ragtime beat. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
La Mujer Infiel (1969) Bernard Drew It is a turgid story, and its breath is heavy. But it remains, because of Clouzot's cinematic genius, an absorbing and fascinating experience. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Before Winter Comes (1969) Bernard Drew Before Winter Comes" is not a bad picture, and occasionally, it is a good one, but it seems opportunistic. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
() Bernard Drew It's a rather well! done, modem design and up-to-date version of our old friend, Guest in the House, with a few proclivities, thrown in, here and there, from Lolita and The Children's Hour. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969) Bernard Drew Fellini had his 8 1/2, and Anthony Newley, feeling himself no less a genius, has now made his Odyssey, which might be called 1 1/4. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
The Assassination Bureau (1969) Bernard Drew It is all style and little else. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
The Great Gatsby (1974) Bernard Drew It's all very glittering, but where's the gold, the true gold? EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
The Godfather, Part II (1974) Bernard Drew It is a lament, an elegy, at times almost a dirge on what vengeance did to two men in different times and different places when they assumed a mantle of power they never sought. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Midnight Express (1978) Bernard Drew My attitude remained philistine throughout. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
The Last Detail (1973) Bernard Drew Tough, jocose, salty and touching. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Paper Moon (1973) Bernard Drew Peter Bogdanovich, using all of the hootchie-kootchie at his command, plus Ryan O'Neal, and even more importantly, O'Neal's nine year old daughter Tatum, has made an ingratiating comedy. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
The Eagle Has Landed (1976) Bernard Drew The film is a pretty dismal two hours of waiting for Lefty, who never appears. The Eagle Has Landed simply never takes off. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Airport '77 (1977) Bernard Drew I don't know why anybody flies anymore, what with Airport, Airport 75, and now Airport 77 informing us, with unvarying formularized precision that unless we're big movie stars, we may never get to our destinations. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Rocky (1976) Bernard Drew Rocky is a picture for everybody, the kind of movie that made us go to the movies, two, three, even four times a week in the dear, old days. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) Bernard Drew It is occasionally funny, always zany, sometimes sophomoric, even freshmaneric, a 1970's view of the 60's from the long end of a telescope. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) Jean Hoelscher The Town That Dreaded Sundown achieves good excitement much of the time, but it could have been a lot stronger with better dramatic involvement. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
From Noon Till Three (1976) Bernard Drew A laughable piece of idiocy. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) Bernard Drew Writer-director Blake Edwards has run out of inventions and jokes, and too much of the movie is slow, repetitious, and as bumbling as the silly Inspector. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Seems Like Old Times (1980) Mike Hughes That film is helped by some wonderful performances. Chevy Chase is brilliant; Goldie Hawn is only a half-step behind. But most of all, it's a sign of Simon at his best. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019