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Friendly Persuasion (1956)

This gentle 1956 comedy-drama may be a little lightweight, but it’s an eye-pleasing glimpse of Quaker life and challenges. Continue reading

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Silverado (1985)

I’ve always adored this revisionist Western, even as I can’t decide whether it intentionally wades into parody or not. Continue reading

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The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

The winner of the 1952 Academy Award for Best Picture earns its reputation as one of the worst of the best, an incongruent mix of spectacle and sap. Continue reading

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Days of Heaven (1978)

Often called one of the most beautiful films ever made and also one of the most confounding, “Days of Heaven” is actually both. Continue reading

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The Wild One (1953)

Based on a trumped-up story that Hollywood trumped one further, “The Wild One” was a spectacularly influential film without being a particularly good one. Continue reading

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Third Man on the Mountain (1959)

Mountain climbing is foolhardy and a worthless endeavor, but it does make for some beautiful adventure films. Continue reading

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Zardoz (1974)

The 1974 loopy cult classic is known as a stoner flick, but writer/director John Boorman actually has some profound things to say amidst the silliness. Continue reading

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Eye of the Needle (1981)

Ken Follett’s giddy page-turner is adapted into a listless and dull film, part chase picture and part mushy romance. Continue reading

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The Final Countdown (1980)

Even as a schmaltzy low-budget military/sci-fi mashup, “The Final Countdown” feels cheap and lazy. Continue reading

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Cromwell (1970)

The 1970 biopic tries too hard to turn Oliver Cromwell and King Charles I of England into antagonists. Continue reading

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