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Billy Budd (1962)

A tremendous adaptation of the Herman Melville drama whose singular Academy Award nomination feels like a great oversight. Continue reading

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The Bridge at Remagen (1969)

This 1969 World War II drama is a product of its time, in which souring American attitudes about Vietnam were reflected in movies about previous conflicts. Continue reading

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Primary Colors (1998)

Dismissed unfairly as “the Clinton movie” back in 1998, “Primary Colors” emerges after a decade-and-a-half as a top-shelf political drama. Continue reading

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The Long Riders (1980)

This forgotten and criminally underrated Western from 1980 is notable for its stylized violence and terse, organic characterizations. Continue reading

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Tokyo Story (1953)

Ozu’s 1953 family drama, often near or even at the top of lists of the greatest films of all time, is a major letdown. Continue reading

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One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Marlon Brando’s Rio is a deviation from the classic Western protagonist, in that he’s a man of action who often isn’t sure how to act. Continue reading

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Street Smart (1987)

We can thank “Street Smart” for helping launch Morgan Freeman’s brilliant career, but it’s otherwise a psychological thriller of little consequence. Continue reading

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Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Curiously flat and dry, Francois Truffaut’s adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s seminal novel never brings the human story to a boil. Continue reading

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Kansas City Confidential (1952)

A top-notch film noir, “Kansas City Confidential” wasn’t afraid to break the mold of what a crime story could be in 1952. Continue reading

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The Champ (1979)

“The Champ” may be a weepie, but it’s a damn fine one — with a performance from Ricky Schroder that becomes the crownbearer for Best Child Acting Ever. Continue reading

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