The Razor’s Edge

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent drama adapted from W. Somerset Maugham’s novel.  Tyrone Power plays a wealthy socialite who abandons beautiful fiancee Gene Tierney to seek enlightenment in the far east. Having achieved his goal, he travels to Paris where he is reunited with Tierney, but his interests in her are no longer passionate.  Instead, he turns…

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The Best Years Of Our Lives

BBB (out of 5) This extremely popular wartime drama won the Best Picture Academy Award in 1946 but hasn’t really aged all that well.  It describes the life of a trio of soldiers after they’ve returned from World War II, centering mostly on Fredric March readjusting to life with his loving family headed up by…

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It’s A Wonderful Life

BBBBB (out of 5) Perennial Christmas classic that director Frank Capra’s name is most often attached to and that really is as good as its reputation would have it. James Stewart is a depressed husband and father on Christmas Eve who, thanks to all his personal and financial problems, wishes the world had been created…

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The Yearling

BBBBB (out of 5) Beautiful family film with a heartbreaking story. Claude Jarman Jr. (who won a mini Academy Award as outstanding juvenile actor of the year) is wonderful as a little boy being raised in the rough woodlands of Florida by his always optimistic father (Gregory Peck) and tired and worn out mother (Jane…

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