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Reeling Backward

Reviews of older films.

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1.5 yaps

The Wild Geese (1978)

An aggressively bad action-adventure film, “The Wild Geese” lionizes the mercenaries who so often played the cinematic heavies. Continue reading

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2.5 yaps

Kit Carson (1940)

This 1940 Western about the famed frontiersman is amiable, formulaic and dumb as a desert-baked brick. Continue reading

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2.5 yaps

Cottage to Let (1941)

An odd mish-mash of whodunit, romance, potboiler and WWII drama, “Cottage to Let” shows its stage roots — badly. Continue reading

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4.5 yaps

Thief (1981)

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

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4.5 yaps

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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4 yaps

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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5 yaps

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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4.5 yaps

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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4 yaps

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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3.5 yaps

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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