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Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Woody Allen’s much-lauded drama about morality and guilt splits the difference between two interesting characters, and loses its way. Continue reading

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Theirs Is the Glory (1946)

“Theirs Is the Glory” is one of the boldest filmmaking ideas ever conceived, but it ends up feeling like a pastiche starring non-actors. Continue reading

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Gandhi (1982)

“Gandhi” is a worthy piece of filmmaking, though mostly remembered today as “the movie ‘E.T.’ lost the Best Picture Oscar to.” Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments (1956)

Cecil B. DeMille’s great epic is a prime example of Hollywood cheese spectacle, at once haughty and glorious. Continue reading

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The Duke of West Point (1938)

A largely forgotten work, “The Duke of West Point” is one of the earliest of films about young men at a military academy. Continue reading

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

“The Day the Earth Stood Still” is one of those Great Movies that assumed its mantle of greatness without ever escaping the fact that it’s merely good. Continue reading

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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

3.5 yaps

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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