The Lost Weekend

BBBB (out of 5) Effective look at alcoholism is one of Hollywood’s first unapologetic looks at a truly unattractive subject. Ray Milland‘s performance in the lead as a perpetually drunk screenwriter with no ambitions beyond getting to his next tall drink is powerful, while Jane Wyman stars as the good woman who loves him but can’t…

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

BBBB (out of 5) Gorgeously shot gothic horror film based on the equally creepy story by Oscar Wilde. Dorian Gray (Hurd Hatfield) is a wealthy, snobby bachelor in Victorian London who makes the unholy wish to have his painted portrait do his aging for him while he stays young and vital. Through mysterious means, his…

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The Bells Of St. Mary’s

BBBB (out of 5) Sappy, manipulative and wholly engrossing sequel to the equally disarming Going My Way, with Bing Crosby resuming his role as the caring Catholic priest who never shuts up. He has been sent to oversee the running of a parochial school that is falling apart. Once there, his liberal methods (i.e. letting students…

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