I Never Sang For My Father

BBB.5 (out of 5) Gene Hackman plays a New York teacher and writer who has never quite squared off his feelings for his tough, proud father (Melvyn Douglas) but is now forced to deal with him directly in light of his parents’ increasing age.  Hackman is looking forward to moving on after the death of his…

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The Collector

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Terence Stamp was a poor clerk who won the lottery and now owns a beautiful mansion in the remote British countryside.  His passion for pinning butterflies behind glass might seem a harmless hobby except it soon makes way for something far more sinister:  he is in love with posh Samantha Eggar and, rather…

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The Miracle Woman

BBBB (out of 5) Barbara Stanwyck opens the film with a fiery speech that gets your blood up and never lets you go until the thrilling conclusion of this intelligent drama. She plays the daughter of a pastor who takes the pulpit minutes after his death and drives out the congregation whose hypocrisy she believes led…

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The Jolson Story

BBB.5 (out of 5) The great entertainer, once the most famous singer in the world, is the subject of this vibrant biopic starring a wonderful Larry Parks in the lead role. Discovered at a young age thanks to his beautiful singing voice, Asa Yoelson is taken under the wing of vaudeville performer Steve Martin (William Demarest)…

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It Should Happen To You

BBB.5 (out of 5) Judy Holliday reunites with Born Yesterday writer Garson Kanin and director George Cukor for another look at an adorably daffy girl who experiences an awakening.  This time she’s a young woman living in New York City and feeling like her dreams to make a name for herself are going nowhere.  When she…

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Jubal

BBBB (out of 5) Glenn Ford shows up near death on a sprawling ranch belonging to Ernest Borgnine, who in his jovial kindness immediately gives him work as a cowhand.  Ford catches the eye of Borgnine’s frustrated, lonely wife and inspires the jealousy of Rod Steiger, (basically reprising his role from Oklahoma but without the singing),…

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Model Shop

BB.5 (out of 5) We reunite with Anouk Aimee‘s Lola from the film of the same name when, nine years later, she catches the eye of Gary Lockwood while walking the streets of Los Angeles.  He’s in a bad place in his life given that his girlfriend no longer wants to deal with his commitment-phobia, his…

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The Taming Of The Shrew

BBBB (out of 5) The dream team of Burton and Taylor had one of their biggest hits together in this spirited adaptation of the Bard’s comedy. Kate is the viciously tempered elder sister of two whose younger sibling Bianca cannot marry the goodhearted Lucentio (Michael York) unless her sister is married first, as per their father’s…

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First Knight

BB (out of 5) Just in case anyone thought that Lerner and Loewe’s musical was the most boring version of the Camelot legend, here’s director Jerry Zucker to provide film audiences with an all-time low. Stripping the story of its more fairy-tale magical elements (wizards and witches, magical spells), the story instead concentrates solely on…

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The Net

BB.5 (out of 5) Sandra Bullock is a computer hacker who accidentally stumbles upon sensitive information related to information terrorists trying to undermine the American government. She’s also once again a lonely, fuzzy-loveable girl who lives with a cat. Once she’s targeted by an charming assassin (Jeremy Northam) and decides to run, she finds herself without…

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Gilda

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Rita Hayworth is married to controlling and conniving night club owner George Macready.  Glenn Ford is a hobo turned club manager who is sleeping with both of them. Naturally, this love triangle will be missed by those not paying enough attention, but if you do you’ll enjoy seeing the story constantly change between…

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Cover Girl

BB.5 (out of 5) Beautiful but eventually tiresome show-within-a-show musical about a hot stuff chorus girl (Rita Hayworth) who is given the chance of a lifetime when a sugardaddy wants to put her on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Trouble is, she’s in love with the selfish choreographer (Gene Kelly) of the nightclub act…

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