Reeling Backward
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MOVIE REVIEWS
 

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."

Key Largo

Gangsters, double-crosses, and mistaken identities highlight this classic pairing of Bogey and Bacall.

Bite the Bullet (1975)

This largely unremembered neo-Western features Gene Hackman as a protagonist who both upholds and eschews the traits of a conventional hero.

The Best Years of Our Lives

The first motion picture to deal with PTSD was a big-budget Hollywood classic.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

Now available in a 30th anniversary Blu-ray edition, "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" is simply one of the funniest and most joyous films ever made.

The Far Country (1954)

The next to last in the Anthony Mann / Jimmy Stewart Westerns, "The Far Country" explores the outer limits of the individualist creed of the pioneer code.

Buried Treasures: Paris, Texas

Wim Wenders' “Paris, Texas” presents a stark, empty world, into which is infused a deeply touching story of lost love.

L’Avventura

Undeniably one of the most gorgeous films ever created, yet curiously unavailable emotionally, like a great masterpiece painting we are instructed to admire.