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The Enchanted Cottage (1945)

It might have been another mushy midcentury romance if not for the way “The Enchanted Cottage” focuses on the disfigurement of WWII soldiers. Continue reading

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Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

“Beyond the Time Barrier” is a prime example of low-budget mid-century cheese. It can only be enjoyed ironically. Continue reading

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Slap Shot (1977)

Often called one of the greatest sports comedies of all time, “Slap Shot” is the rare movie that is contemptuous of the modern state of its sport. Continue reading

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The Wraith (1986)

A strange and silly slice of Hollywood cheese, “The Wraith” is what happens when a neat idea gets run over by the ’80s. Continue reading

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The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

A daring and bleak depiction of drug addiction and descent, “The Man with the Golden Arm” is the sort of movie that can end on a sour note but still seem hopeful. Continue reading

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The Misfits (1961)

“The Misfits” is a glorious, brave portrait of imperfect people yearning for freedom and respect, but trapped in cages of their own crafting. Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain (1950)

Ploddingly plotted and indifferently acted, “Rocky Mountain” was no feather in the cap for Errol Flynn or his “Robin Hood” partner William Keighley. Continue reading

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The Betrayal (1957)

The tale of a blind man on a revenge quest, “The Betrayal” earns points for making a handicapped character its hero … then loses them for its ham-fisted detective plot. Continue reading

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8mm (1999)

This criminally underrated film is the kind of thriller Hitchcock would have made if he were around in the ’90s. Continue reading

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Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

Unfairly maligned because of its Best Picture Oscar win, “Around the World in 80 Days” is enjoyable spectacle for its own sake. Continue reading

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