Tag Archives: Reeling Backward

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Thief (1981)

A moody minor masterpiece, “Thief” is a probing character study disguising itself as a heist flick. Continue reading

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Charade (1963)

The “perfect date movie” is a little bit spy thriller, little bit screwball comedy and a whole lot romantic. Continue reading

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The League of Gentlemen (1960)

Though I was expecting something harder-edged, this cheeky British crime caper features Jack Hawkins in a rare leading role. Continue reading

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A Bridge Too Far (1977)

Virtually forgotten on American shores, “A Bridge Too Far” is perhaps the last of the great World War II epics made. Continue reading

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Harry and Tonto (1974)

Paul Mazursky was a strange species in Hollywood, who made movies not about the big clanging events in life but what comes right before, and after. Continue reading

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The Informer (1935)

Of John Ford’s four Oscar wins for Best Director, his first — 1935’s “The Informer” — is the least well-known. Continue reading

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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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