Reeling Backward
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MOVIE REVIEWS
 

The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)

A well-made but schizophrenic film that marked the end of Gary Cooper's film acting career, the peak of Charlton Heston's and the beginning for Richard Harris.

Twelve Angry Men

Director Sidney Lumet forces us to feel the heightened emotions of the room via cinematography.

Ryan’s Daughter (1970)

Dismissed in its day for an epic approach to a tragic love triangle, "Ryan's Daughter" has been rightfully revived as a seminal work in David Lean's oeuvre.

The Natural (1984)

Can a film still be a masterpiece while remaining intrinsically flawed? If so, "The Natural" comes as close as it gets.

The Apple Dumpling Gang

While I'd never put it on my list of the 10 greatest Disney pictures, it is cute, and Knotts & Conway are a hoot.

Golden Boy (1939)

William Holden's screen debut has a predictably mushy romantic plot, but the vivid characters, emotive acting and smart dialogue carry the day.

The Last Days of Patton (1986)

The great life of Gen. George S. Patton deserved a final chapter on film, but had to settle for this made-for-TV version.

Vertigo

Not the top-of-the-line Hitchcock, but 1958's "Vertigo" is always worth another look.