Reeling Backward

The Outlaw (1943)

Underneath the iconography of Jane Russell's splayed bosom lies a grubby B-Western with ham-handed performances.

You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

Though in most historical views "You Can't Take It With You" marked the pinnacle of Frank Capra's career, it's actually one of his lesser works, and a weak Best Picture winner.

Valdez Is Coming (1971)

Burt Lancaster turns from meek to wrathful in this taut adaptation of the Elmore Leonard Western. Even if he doesn't pass for Mexican.

The Way We Were (1973)

This colorful 1973 romantic drama is most notable for its reversal of traditional gender roles.

Ride the High Country (1962)

A solid Western oater that's gotten a trifle puffed up in reputation over the years, "Ride the High Country" is still a worthy conveyance for two cowboy actors riding off into the sunset.

Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

A well-meaning but occasionally awkward film, "Sergeant Rutledge" addressed many of the same themes of "To Kill a Mockingbird," with a standout turn by Woody Strode.

The Legend of Hell House (1973)

With its mix of old and new elements, particularly a potent infusion or eroticism, "The Legend of Hell House" stands at the divide of the horror genre.

The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

Al Pacino's breakthrough role showcases an already fully formed screen presence in a dire depiction of drug addicts decades before "Kids" or "Trainspotting."