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reviewed World War II movies. June 16, 2012
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World War II movies
         Double Indemnity could top a list of the Best Movies Made During World War II, as could The Philadelphia Story or Holiday Inn.      Twelve O'Clock …
reviewed D-Day, the Sixth of June. June 16, 2012
D-Day, the Sixth of June
         The title suggests a war movie, but the video box cover promises a romance. Believe the box cover.      If you want to commemorate the wartime …
Y: The Last Man (Volume Four of Ten: Safeword)
            It looks like Yorick Brown will die because his bodyguard made a big mistake.      Writer Brian K. Vaughan, in Safeword, the fourth …
reviewed War movies. June 16, 2012
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         War is hell for people who've been there. For the rest of us, it can sometimes seem the stuff of great adventures.      Agony, death and …
reviewed I Know Where I'm Going!. June 14, 2012
I Know Where I'm Going!
         I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) pulses with life.      The close-knit community it features is rich with tradition and the magnificent …
reviewed Parting Glances. June 14, 2012
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Parting Glances
         Editing s&m sci-fi porn is not going well for Michael (Richard Ganoung). He has read about too many android orgies and radioactive sex toys. He tosses down his …
reviewed Best romantic movies. June 14, 2012
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Best romantic movies
         Romance requires overcoming obstacles.      We have to defy the odds against our meeting the person who is right for us. Then we have to convince …
reviewed Film noir. June 11, 2012
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Film noir
         We have the French to thank for film noir.      American filmmakers made the pioneering works that explored the shadows in which hardened people …
reviewed Film noir. June 11, 2012
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Film noir
         Film noir comes from a French phrase meaning "black film." The classics are shrouded in shadow.      In the film noir masterworks of …
reviewed Film noir. June 11, 2012
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Film noir
         Its name comes from the French and it often is called the dark side of the American dream, but film noir is global. Filmmakers from around the world have taken an …
reviewed The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. June 09, 2012
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
         "Neither of them had any right to live."      When we hear Martha Ivers (Barbara Stanwyck) say this, we think we know who she means. …
reviewed Bad Manners. June 09, 2012
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Bad Manners
         Bad Manners (1998) is aptly named. It is indeed bad manners to insult your audience.      For about 87 of its 88 minutes, the movie engages viewers' …
reviewed Criss Cross. June 09, 2012
Criss Cross
         The dame is out of his life. She is not out of his head.      The guy (Burt Lancaster) tells us in his voice-over narration that he did not come …
reviewed The Wages of Fear. June 08, 2012
The Wages of Fear
         Imagine going to see a movie with someone on what might be a first date. The uncertainty about whether this is anything more than two new friends getting together …
reviewed Best aliens movies. June 07, 2012
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Best aliens movies
      Intelligent life exists in the universe beyond Earth. Or no, it does not. We are free to speculate because no one knows. Yet. There is uncertainty even among those who believe …
reviewed The Thing (1982 film). June 07, 2012
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The Thing (1982 film)
         Apparently John Carpenter saw Alien and thought, "Hey, I can do that, and I can toss in bits of The Thing from Another World and Invasion of the Body Snatchers …
reviewed The Man from Planet X. June 07, 2012
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The Man from Planet X
         Its title character has a head that looks like a Mardi Gras mask. His space suit resembles long johns with an empty television cabinet in front and a bicycle pump …
Y: The Last Man (Volume Three of Ten: One Small Step)
         Lots of people are after Yorick Brown.      Some want to save him because he is the only man to survive a sudden and bloody plague that killed …
reviewed Tightrope. June 01, 2012
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Tightrope
         Imagine a serial killer/rapist is on the loose and your loved ones are in danger. You get to choose the cop who will protect them. Do you pick Clint Eastwood or …
Y: The Last Man (Volume Two of Ten: Cycles)
         It seemed that Yorick Brown was having a tough time in Unmanned, the first volume of Y: The Last Man, Brian K. Vaughan's superior science fiction comic book …
Batman: Arkham Asylum
         To the dragon, Saint George was a monster.      Keeping hold of that old observation about perspective might help one navigate the hallucinatory …
reviewed The Lady Eve. May 31, 2012
The Lady Eve
         The Lady Eve (1941) disappoints because it lacks a Joel McCrea moment. It needs at least three of them.      Writer/director Preston Sturges …
reviewed scary movies. May 31, 2012
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scary movies
         What people do to each other is more horrifying than what scary monsters might do to us. Frankenstein's creation only may be out there. Psycho killers certainly …
reviewed Cure. May 29, 2012
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Cure
         A man barely touches his dinner. Later he eats at the same restaurant and finishes his meal. It sounds simple but for viewers who pay attention and think about what …
reviewed The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. May 26, 2012
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
         World War II is raging. British soldiers are chasing a woman through the English countryside and the streets of London. They call her Mata Hari and say she's …
reviewed Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired. May 26, 2012
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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
         If you want to learn about Roman Polanski or about the early part of the legal case surrounding his guilty plea in California in 1978 to having sex with a 13-year-old …
Daredevil (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition) (2003)
         The comic book Daredevil once saved a man from being hit by an oncoming truck. The movie Daredevil leaves a man to die under an oncoming subway train, making innocent …
Y: The last man (Volume One: Unmanned)
         Early in Brian K. Vaughan's compelling Y: The Last Man (Volume One of Ten: Unmanned), almost all of the world's males are dead and the White House is hit …
reviewed Brain Injury Survival Kit. May 25, 2012
         Imagine reading a cook book in which you've found many terrific recipes and then coming across one that sounds great until it includes this: "Next, tell …
Batman/Deadman: Hope and Glory
         Tom Joad does not yell at his chauffeur. Scout Finch doesn't lynch people. Sherlock Holmes doesn't get stuck doing the TV Guide crossword puzzle.   …
reviewed two of us. May 22, 2012
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two of us
         Imagine that several years after The Beatles broke up, John Lennon and Paul McCartney got together for an afternoon and evening.      Of course …
reviewed Hours and the Times. May 22, 2012
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Hours and the Times
         The two main characters spent "an insufferable evening with an insufferable fascist." That sounds dreary, but more fun than this movie.      …
reviewed Orbiter. May 22, 2012
Orbiter
         Orbiter begins with a cosmic mystery. It ends with a powerful tug on the imagination. In between, writer Warren Ellis weaves a spellbinding story about science, …
Sin City: That Yellow Bastard
         Summary: The weakest of the Sin City books, this one features mostly powerful writing and glorious black & white illustrations with unsettling splashes of yellow …
The Hard Goodbye (Sin City, Book 1: Second
         Summary:  Frank Miller tells a riveting story through hard-boiled dialogue and hard-hitting illustrations in glorious black & white. It is not bloody but …
reviewed Martin & Orloff. May 03, 2012
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Martin & Orloff
         Early parts of Martin & Orloff (2002) take place at a softball game. It's convenient for reviewers because the movie's humor is hit-or-miss.   …
reviewed Daughters of the Dust. May 01, 2012
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Daughters of the Dust
         Inviting expanses of beach stretch seemingly forever. Gentle waves cast foam on the shore in patterns that shift as hypnotically as those in a kaleidoscope. The …
reviewed Dark Passage. May 01, 2012
Dark Passage
         The spark between Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart ignited the screen in To Have and Have Not, the 1944 movie that was their first together. By the time they made …
reviewed Out of the Past. May 01, 2012
Out of the Past
         It ends with a lie that might lead to a bright tomorrow. But before that, Out of the Past (1947; named to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in …
reviewed The Last House on the Left (1972). April 30, 2012
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The Last House on the Left (1972)
    It is a loose remake of Ingmar Bergman's THE VIRGIN SPRING (1960), but few people would watch Wes Craven's THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972) expecting profound philosophical contemplation …
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