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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

1.5 yaps

The Wild Geese (1978)

An aggressively bad action-adventure film, “The Wild Geese” lionizes the mercenaries who so often played the cinematic heavies. Continue reading

2.5 yaps

Kit Carson (1940)

This 1940 Western about the famed frontiersman is amiable, formulaic and dumb as a desert-baked brick. Continue reading

2.5 yaps

Cottage to Let (1941)

An odd mish-mash of whodunit, romance, potboiler and WWII drama, “Cottage to Let” shows its stage roots — badly. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Thief (1981)

A moody minor masterpiece, “Thief” is a probing character study disguising itself as a heist flick. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Charade (1963)

The “perfect date movie” is a little bit spy thriller, little bit screwball comedy and a whole lot romantic. Continue reading

4 yaps

The League of Gentlemen (1960)

Though I was expecting something harder-edged, this cheeky British crime caper features Jack Hawkins in a rare leading role. Continue reading

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