Reeling Backward
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MOVIE REVIEWS
 
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.
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The Driver (1978)

Walter Hill's second directorial film helped end Ryan O'Neal's career & stunted Isabelle Adjani's but its stylistic influence on films like "Drive" is obvious.