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reviewed Diary of a Country Priest. July 22, 2012
Diary of a Country Priest
Diary of a Country Priest (1951) – Robert Bresson's story of a young and inexperienced priest trying to serve God and the villagers of Ambricourt could easily be called, by a smart ass, Diary …
reviewed No Sale. July 22, 2012
No Sale
No Sale by Patrick Conrad, translated from the Dutch by Jonathan Lynn       "I can imagine no more fascinating adversary than a cinema-loving psychopath who knows as much …
reviewed Strange Love, Strange Lives. May 19, 2012
Strange Love, Strange Lives
I’ll bet you didn’t know Dusty was a cross dresser. No one did. Except me, of course, Raymond Hope. I don’t expect you’ll recognize my name. Back in the day I was what you might …
reviewed Kitchen Stories. May 13, 2012
Kitchen Stories
Kitchen Stories, a Norwegion/Swedish co-production, starts out as a dry, deadpan comedy of differences and ends as a dry, deadpan comedy of friendships.      Sweden's Home Research …
reviewed The Mystery of the Wax Museum. May 09, 2012
The Mystery of the Wax Museum
The Mystery of the Wax Museum is more mystery than horror, but the secret of Ivan Igor (Lionel Atwill), which comes by way of a sharp crack to his head, is satisfyingly startling. Despite the age of the …
reviewed The Small Back Room. May 09, 2012
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The Small Back Room
In The Small Back Room we meet Sammy Rice (David Farrar), a first-rate scientist and something of an expert in defusing bombs. The year is 1943 and the Germans have starting dropping a new kind of terror …
reviewed One of Our Aircraft Is Missing. May 06, 2012
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One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing, released in 1942, was the first film Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger made after formalizing their partnership as The Archers, with both taking equal credit for writing, …
reviewed Sapphire. May 06, 2012
When Sapphire Robbins, a beautiful young white woman, is murdered on Hamstead Heath, Detective Superintendent Robert Hazard gets the case. Sapphire, it turns out, was pregnant. The young man who was the …
reviewed Jigsaw. May 03, 2012
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"Even angels can get their wings clipped!" says New York Assistant District Attorney Howard Malloy (Franchot Tone) to good-time girl Barbara Whitfield (Jean Wallace) as he tries to convince …
reviewed The Blackheath Poisonings. May 02, 2012
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The Blackheath Poisonings
So says Isabel Collard in The Blackheath Poisonings, a nicely murderous tale of Victorian resentments. What she says turns out to be true, even though her lover died of arsenic poisoning. That a person's …
reviewed Topsy-Turvy. May 02, 2012
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If ever there were a loving valentine sent to the world of the theater, and especially to the world of Gilbert and Sullivan, this is it. With Topsy-Turvy, director Mike Leigh has brought to life not just …
reviewed Jiro Dreams of Sushi. May 02, 2012
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Jiro Ono is 85 years old. He owns a small sushi restaurant in downtown Tokyo. It’s located in the lower level of a sleek office building next to a subway station. The restaurant seats only 10 customers …
reviewed Election (movie). April 22, 2012
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"Dear Lord Jesus," prays Tracy Flick the night before the election for student body president, "I do not often speak with you and ask for things, but now, I really must insist that you …
reviewed The General. April 22, 2012
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The General
Martin Cahill was a real person. He didn't drink or smoke, had a loving if unconventional family life with his wife, her sister and the kids he fathered from both. He didn't womanize. He was clever, …
reviewed The Tempest. April 19, 2012
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The Tempest
...by inch-meal a disease!"      It’s the same old story: A young mother with the unusual name of  Prospera who has a four-year-old child is cheated of her inheritance …
reviewed Elizabeth I. April 17, 2012
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Elizabeth I
Elizabeth has been on the throne for twenty years. It's 1579 and she is 45 years old. We meet her at the conclusion of a discrete but public examination to establish for all to know that she is still …
reviewed Once Upon a Time in the West. April 15, 2012
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Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in the West is a film one loves, dislikes or just finds silly and self-conscious. Put me in the last category. Still, people probably will be arguing over it thirty years from now. That's …
reviewed Masques. April 15, 2012
With Claude Chabrol's Masques we have mystery in the country manor with, perhaps, murder in the country manner. But was there a murder and, if so, who did the murdering? Chabrol leads us to the easy …
reviewed Wanted for Murder. April 14, 2012
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Wanted for Murder
Victor Colebrooke (Eric Portman) has a serious problem. He's a successful, well-mannered London businessman in 1946 who is compelled to strangle young women with his bare hands. He has murdered six …
reviewed The Troll Hunter. April 11, 2012
The Troll Hunter
Three Norwegian college students made this documentary as a film studies project. We know them only by their first names, Kalle, Johanna and Thomas. Although this film was given the unfortunate name, …
reviewed Point Blank (2011 French Film). April 11, 2012
Point Blank (French Film)
This is how Point Blank opens: When safecracker Hugo Sartet suddenly finds two men confronting him in a darkened Paris apartment, it’s run or die. He runs…out of the apartment, down the stairs, …
reviewed Fresh Lemonade with a Twist. April 08, 2012
Fresh Lemonade with a Twist
Clara Mills:   I can’t abide them. Filthy-minded, all of them. They’ll say anything, promise anything, do anything, just to place their dirty hands on you. Even Mr. Judd, a man I …
reviewed Black Tights (1-2-3-4 ou Les Collants.... April 08, 2012
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Black Tights (1-2-3-4 ou Les Collants noirs)
Are Roland Petit’s productions mounted much today in Paris? He was a major force in French ballet for several decades. He produced, danced and choreographed. His wife, Zizi Jeanmaire, was a prima …
reviewed Super 8 (2011 film). April 01, 2012
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Super 8
JJ Abrams has made hit movies. Has he ever made a good movie? With Super 8, he wrote, directed and produced two movies, and sacrificed the good to make sure he had a hit.       …
reviewed Midsomer Murders Set 13. April 01, 2012
Midsomer Murders shows its kinky side in Set 13. There's the love that dares not speak its name, the love that encourages us to think about the love that dares not speak its name, photo pornography …
reviewed Merci Pour le Chocolat. March 26, 2012
Merci Pour le Chocolat
Mika Muller, wealthy owner of a Swiss chocolate company (and played by Isabelle Huppert) has just married Andre Polonski (Jacques Dutronc). They had been married briefly years before. They divorced and …
reviewed La Vie en Rose. March 26, 2012
La Vie en Rose
I wouldn't be comfortable calling La Vie en Rose, the life of Edith Piaf, one of the great biographical films. What I'm sure of is that Marion Cotillard's portrayal of Piaf, from Piaf's …
reviewed Curse of the Golden Flower. March 21, 2012
Curse of the Golden Flower
The Curse of the Golden Flower (Man Cheng Jin Dai Huang Jin Jia) is gorgeous melodrama; a visual feast of scarlet, magenta and gold, of lush set pieces with thousands of characters (computer generated …
reviewed Scorpion Love. March 21, 2012
Arthur Bannister:   They called him a cripple behind his back. He knew it. He’d give a little smile, make some remark that some of my slower students might think was just Art being a good …
reviewed The Eagle. March 17, 2012
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The Eagle
What’s with it with the Ninth Legion? It keeps disappearing into the wilds of what now is Scotland. Once is bad enough (Centurion, which was bad enough), but twice?       …
reviewed You Kill Me (2007 movie). March 17, 2012
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You Kill Me (2007)
Hit man Frank Falenczyk of Buffalo, NY, has a problem. It took him seven bullets to finish off one contract. With another, a woman this time, he intended to slit her throat but missed and slit her eye. …
reviewed Nobel Son. March 13, 2012
Nobel Son
What a premise for a witty, malicious black comedy: Chemistry professor wins the Nobel and within days his son is kidnapped. The ransom is exactly the amount of the dollar amount of the award. The professor …
reviewed Love, death and a sweetness in the heart. March 11, 2012
Philip Raven:   Let me tell you a story. It’s about a 12-year old killer. If you were 12 years old, would you want as a friend a kid who kills? Me neither. Who am I? You’ve probably …
reviewed Street Scene. March 11, 2012
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Street Scene
This is the filming of the great, sad Kurt Weill/Elmer Rice/Langston Hughes popular opera, Street Scene, presented by the Houston Grand Opera, conducted by James Holmes. I'm not sure "popular …
reviewed The Girl in the News. March 05, 2012
The Girl in the News is a fine example of that satisfying genre, the well mannered British murder thriller peopled with attractive and accomplished actors and with a clever script. If it doesn't …
reviewed In the Realm of the Senses. March 04, 2012
In the Realm of the Senses
Later, Sada (Eiko Matsuda) holds both…the knife and the severed penis of her dead lover, Ichizo (Tatsuya Fuji). The movie is In the Realm of the Senses.       To reach …
reviewed The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 film). March 02, 2012
I like Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) the same way I like To Catch a Thief. Both are big, fat, slick and satisfying entertainments made by a professional at the top of his game, with …
reviewed Another Earth. March 01, 2012
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Another Earth
Another Earth is unworldly, economical, sad, hopeful, fulfilling. Maybe.       Seventeen-year-old Rhonda Williams (Bret Marling) is a bright kid with a promising future. She’s …
reviewed 13 Assassins. February 26, 2012
13 Assassins
It’s the old, old story…a small group of men we come to know are willing to die for a noble cause, and die they do, fighting against the odds, sacrificing themselves for honor and justice. …
reviewed You'll Never Get Rich. February 21, 2012
If you are a committed Fred Astaire fan and, with his movies, an Astaire completist, you'll want to have You'll Never Get Rich. It's the story of Robert Curtis (Astaire), a Broadway choreographer …
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