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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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Hombre (1967)

This revisionist Western is notable for its stern, uncaring anti-hero played by Paul Newman and a more compassionate view of American Indians. Continue reading

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Hell’s Angels (1930)

An early progenitor of the big-budget action spectacular, “Hell’s Angels” is astonishing during the flying combat scenes and embarrassing on the ground. Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

The culmination of the Spaghetti Western genre, “The Good, the Bad and Ugly” is more a continuation of an ethos than a literal sequel. Continue reading

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For a Few Dollars More (1965)

Though it’s slim from a storytelling perspective, “For a Few Dollars More” kept the spaghetti Western party going until it could reach its culmination. Continue reading

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A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

If John Ford used landscapes as the backdrop for his character-driven stories, then Sergio Leone’s primary canvas was the human face — preferably ravaged. Continue reading

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Flat Top (1952)

Emblematic of everything bad about its cinematic era, “Flat Top” crash-lands into mediocrity and predictability. Continue reading

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Gentleman Jim (1942)

“Gentleman Jim” is a Hollywood-hooey depiction of the iconic fighter, with decent boxing scenes and a wearying romance. Continue reading

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The Purple Plain (1954)

This 1954 British WWII romance/adventure contains two admirable halves that never quite mesh together. Continue reading

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Where Eagles Dare (1968)

One of the most bone-headed and turgid spy thrillers you’re apt to see, containing a few neat stunts and the exceedingly rare quintuple-cross plot device. Continue reading

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