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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

5 yaps

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

Virtually forgotten on American shores, “A Bridge Too Far” is perhaps the last of the great World War II epics made. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Harry and Tonto (1974)

Paul Mazursky was a strange species in Hollywood, who made movies not about the big clanging events in life but what comes right before, and after. Continue reading

4 yaps

The Informer (1935)

Of John Ford’s four Oscar wins for Best Director, his first — 1935’s “The Informer” — is the least well-known. Continue reading

3.5 yaps

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Woody Allen’s much-lauded drama about morality and guilt splits the difference between two interesting characters, and loses its way. Continue reading

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