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4.5 yaps

The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

A daring and bleak depiction of drug addiction and descent, “The Man with the Golden Arm” is the sort of movie that can end on a sour note but still seem hopeful. Continue reading

5 yaps

The Misfits (1961)

“The Misfits” is a glorious, brave portrait of imperfect people yearning for freedom and respect, but trapped in cages of their own crafting. Continue reading

3 yaps

Rocky Mountain (1950)

Ploddingly plotted and indifferently acted, “Rocky Mountain” was no feather in the cap for Errol Flynn or his “Robin Hood” partner William Keighley. Continue reading

2.5 yaps

The Betrayal (1957)

The tale of a blind man on a revenge quest, “The Betrayal” earns points for making a handicapped character its hero … then loses them for its ham-fisted detective plot. Continue reading

5 yaps

8mm (1999)

This criminally underrated film is the kind of thriller Hitchcock would have made if he were around in the ’90s. Continue reading

4 yaps

Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

Unfairly maligned because of its Best Picture Oscar win, “Around the World in 80 Days” is enjoyable spectacle for its own sake. Continue reading

1.5 yaps

The Eiger Sanction (1975)

I’m just glad Clint Eastwood survived the early tawdry portion of his directing career — epitomized by the awful spy thriller “The Eiger Sanction.” Continue reading

3.5 yaps

Zombi 2 (1979)

Lucio Fulci’s unintentionally hilarious zombie flick shows why he was known as the international “King of Gore.” Continue reading

4 yaps

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

While certainly entertaining, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” seems now less a groundbreaking film and more a minor way station on the way to grander animated ambitions. Continue reading

3.5 yaps

Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)

Roger Corman’s penultimate film as a director is one of his most ambitious, a fictional take on the Red Baron and the unheralded pilot who killed him (maybe). Continue reading

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