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Orlando (1992)

Sally Potter’s gentle, gorgeous and surprisingly funny adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel launched Tilda Swinton’s career. Continue reading

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Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

A courtroom drama in the British tradition, “Witness for the Prosecution” stars Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich but features Charles Laughton at his best. Continue reading

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The Westerner (1940)

Despite some handsome production values and an Oscar-winning performance by Walter Brennan, the tone of “The Westerner” tumbles all over the prairie. Continue reading

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Advise & Consent (1962)

This lightly regarded film deserves to be remembered as a superior political drama, featuring a bunch of terrific actors letting it fly. Continue reading

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The Paper Chase (1973)

A tale of an imagined adversarial relationship between teacher & pupil, “The Paper Chase” shows what is most important in life is often hard to see at the time. Continue reading

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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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