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A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

This well-regarded British romance/drama about a pilot appealing to Heaven for a reprieve is dippy, daffy and overrated. Continue reading

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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

Like most of Terry Gilliam’s films, watching “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” makes one feel young again. Continue reading

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The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

The 1951 heist/comedy is less about the caper than two bored men having a great adventure. Continue reading

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Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

“Slaughterhouse-Five” is a surprisingly good adaptation of a very literary experience. Continue reading

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Dark Passage (1947)

“Dark Passage” is notable for letting the audience see through Humphrey Bogart’s eyes, and letting those eyes gaze upon Lauren Bacall. Continue reading

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The Bicycle Thief (1948)

More than 60 years later, the pathos and unornamented humanity of “The Bicycle Thief” — or “Thieves,” if you prefer — retains its sentimental power. Continue reading

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Wall Street (1987)

Oliver Stone’s indictment of ’80s excess still has plenty of bite, and sharp observation of the need for greed. Continue reading

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The Seventh Seal (1957)

Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 masterpiece remains an exhilarating exploration of the silence between man and God. Continue reading

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Five Came Back (1939)

This low-budget 1939 adventure starring Lucille Ball, Chester Morris and John Carradine set the standard for decades of disaster flicks. Continue reading

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Aliens (1986)

James Cameron’s suspenseful follow-up to Ridley Scott’s atmospheric horror-film-in-space remains the perfect summer movie. Continue reading

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