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MOVIE REVIEWS
 
The Last Time I Saw Paris - featured

The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

An overlong, overly maudlin example of Golden Age filmmaking, a four-hankie weepie — I laughed, I cried, I couldn't wait for it to end.
Duck You Sucker - featured

Duck, You Sucker! (1971)

Like a lot of Sergio Leone's films, "Duck, You Sucker!" has some big ideas lurking beneath a gaudy facade of violence and miscreant behavior.

After Dark My Sweet -- Featured Image

After Dark, My Sweet

A dark, intransigent look at three lonely, emotionally drained characters who would do anything for money.
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines - featred

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965)

This 1965 piffle is a reminder that big-budget movie-making for pure entertainment existed long before the blockbuster era.

Big Trouble in Little China - featured

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

An overpriced, goofy doof of a movie, "Big Trouble in Little China" laid low a lot of careers, but made some cult fans along the way.
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Buried Treasures: Crash

"Crash" is nothing short of the greatest film about race relations ever made.

How to Marry a Millionaire - featured

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Though its social mores are horribly outdated, "How to Marry a Millionaire" is a colorful and vivid portrait of a bygone era.
Cleopatra - featured

Cleopatra (1963)

Grand and gaudy, magnificent and indulgent, "Cleopatra" deserves much better than its current status as a cinematic punchline.

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Buried Treasures: Carnal Knowledge

"Carnal Knowledge" covers a lot of ground — not just in terms of the passage of time, but in terms of cerebral depth.
East of Eden - featured

East of Eden (1955)

John Steinbeck's sprawling book doesn't translate perfectly to the screen, but James Dean's transformative performance makes "East of Eden" a watershed film.

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Reeling Backward: ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’

This fast-paced British romp still ranks as one of the funniest films ever made.
The Agony and the Ecastasy - featured

The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

A surprisingly effective piece of old-school Hollywood "Great Man" mythologizing, with Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison reining in their hammy personas.

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Reeling Backward: ‘Roman Holiday’

Audrey Hepburn is absolutely delightful in her screen debut.
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Buried Treasures: Catch-22

Mike Nichols' brilliant adaptation of Joseph Heller’s caustic novel still ranks as perhaps the best dark comedy of all time.