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Oldboy (2003)

“Oldboy” has the fresh, original verve of a movie alive within itself. But it’s not the masterpiece that’s been hyped. Continue reading

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Mallrats (1995)

Kevin Smith has always been a whiz with sharp characters and snappy dialogue. Tying it all together into a satisfying story remains a challenge. Continue reading

1.5 yaps

Attack on the Iron Coast (1968)

A fictionalized version of a successful WWII military raid that is totally fubar as a war drama. Continue reading

Sunshine (1999) & Sunshine (2007)

“Sunshine” (1999) and “Sunshine” (2007). Two movies that have nothing to do with each other except they share the same name and Austin and Chris each had seen only one of them. Continue reading

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Tom Horn (1980)

Steve McQueen’s disappointing next-to-last film relies on ham-handed Western tropes and one of the most astonishingly unconvincing romances in cinematic history. Continue reading

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Yellow Sky (1948)

“Yellow Sky” is a solid Western, but it’s even better when considered for its powerful subtext. Continue reading

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Footloose (1984)

For such an iconic dance movie, “Footloose” is an odd bird of a movie with surprisingly little dancing. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

The Train (1964)

For a film with such an illogical premise, “The Train” manages to be a top-rate WWII thriller that’s held up well. Continue reading

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The Heiress (1949)

“The Heiress” is more interesting for the things it leaves unsaid than the occasionally staid melodramatic story. Continue reading

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633 Squadron

This ham-handed WWII picture about an international squadron of Mosquito pilots is hardly the best way to remember the late, great Cliff Robertson. Continue reading

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