Tag Archives: Reeling Backward

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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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The Bravados (1958)

Gregory Peck stars in 1958’s “The Bravados,” which might be termed a revisionist Western before there was such a thing. Continue reading

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Play Dirty (1969)

This British knockoff of “The Dirty Dozen” may be derivative, but it’s also well-done and satisfyingly cynical. Continue reading

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The Tenth Man (1988)

A dour, sober tragedy with splendid acting and an authentic period feel, “The Tenth Man” is based on one of Graham Greene’s last novels. Continue reading

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