Tag Archives: Reeling Backward

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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

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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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Hellraiser (1987)

At once intimate and explosive, this gothic thriller is a prime example of the horror genre’s cathartic power. Continue reading

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990)

While technically unpolished, “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” remains a modern horror classic because of its unblinking portrayal of a remorseless manhunter. Continue reading

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Cronos (1993)

Though rough around the edges, the first feature film from Guillermo del Toro reveals his sensibility of childlike wonder and nightmarish terror. Continue reading

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

“Close Encounters” is a terrific bit of imagineering, but it’s ultimately a minor work in the Spielberg filmography. Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

A worthy adaptation of Dickens’ novel, though somewhat limited by the static filmmaking style during the early days of sound. Continue reading

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