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Malta Story (1953)

Though it wasn’t the film to do it, “Malta Story” helped Alec Guinness on his thespian’s journey from “funny little man” to dramatic lead. Continue reading

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Captain Fury (1939)

A reliably entertaining knockoff of “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” with a merry band of outlaws giving it to the corrupt landlord in 1800s Australia. Continue reading

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Watch on the Rhine (1943)

It earned a slew of Oscar nominations, but “Watch on the Rhine” defied expectations — in a bad way. Continue reading

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The Verdict (1982)

If there’s a greater actor in a better role than Paul Newman in “The Verdict,” I haven’t met it. Continue reading

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From Here to Eternity (1953)

Best remembered for that iconic kiss on the beach, “From Here to Eternity” actually belongs to Montgomery Clift and his bold, sideways performance. Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby (1974)

A production design in search of a movie, “The Great Gatsby” is a curiously bloodless adaptation of the iconic Fitzgerald novel. Continue reading

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A Town Like Alice (1956)

This 1956 drama is a harrowing and terrific portrayal of female POWs during World War II. Too bad the central romance seems pointlessly tacked on. Continue reading

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Sink the Bismarck! (1960)

This well-done World War II film takes an almost documentary-like look at the battle to destroy the mighty German warship. Continue reading

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The Enchanted Cottage (1945)

It might have been another mushy midcentury romance if not for the way “The Enchanted Cottage” focuses on the disfigurement of WWII soldiers. Continue reading

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Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

“Beyond the Time Barrier” is a prime example of low-budget mid-century cheese. It can only be enjoyed ironically. Continue reading

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