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Angels One Five (1952)

A war picture in which you barely get any glimpse of war, “Angels One Five” is a subpar British WWII drama. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Despite frequent jokes about its authorship, “Good Will Hunting” remains one of the most vibrant, original screenplays of the 1990s. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

The Truman Show (1998)

Peter Weir’s eerily prescient take on the invasive nature of media made good use of Jim Carrey’s early manic comic persona. Continue reading

2 yaps

Two Thousand Women (1944)

This ill-conceived comedy renders the greatest conflict in the history of mankind into a slamming-doors farce with gushy romance and cartoon villains. Continue reading

3 yaps

Eyes Without a Face (1960)

“Eyes Without a Face” is revered as a seminal bit of proto-horror, but not by me. Continue reading

3 yaps

Hangmen Also Die! (1943)

Despite its impressive pedigree and recent restoration, “Hangmen Also Die!” works better as a piece of WWII propaganda than as a coherent film. Continue reading

3.5 yaps

The Hands of Orlac (1924)

Beautiful to look at but horridly dated narratively, “The Hands of Orlac” exists now as a museum piece; watching it, we experience not its power but its echo. Continue reading

3 yaps

The Night of the Iguana (1964)

“The Night of the Iguana” shows the limitations of its stage roots; movies tend to feel claustrophobic if they’re not on the move. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

What do you do after blowing up the Western genre? If you’re Sam Peckinpah, you make the silly — yet slyly consequential — “The Ballad of Cable Hogue.” Continue reading

3 yaps

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)

The low-budget musical comedy from the house of Roger Corman is fun and frothy in a dimwitted sort of way. Continue reading

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