The Opposite Sex

BBB (out of 5) Watered down remake of The Women that tries to capture the success of How To Marry A Millionaire by ruining the fun and having men actually appear on screen. June Allyson  is the sweet-natured and devoted wife to a theatre producer who is devastated when she learns from a gossipy manicurist that her husband (Leslie…

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Written On The Wind

BBB.5 (out of 5) Douglas Sirk’s gorgeously photographed drama is sort of like Giant on a much smaller scale. It tells of a Texas oil family whose son and daughter (Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone) bring their clan to ruin with their morally corrupt ways. Lauren Bacall stars as the northern outsider who wins Stack’s heart and marries…

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Richard III (1955)

BBBB (out of 5) Once you get over the silly fake nose and wig that seems to come out of an episode of The Smurfs, you’ll thoroughly enjoy Laurence Olivier‘s full-blooded performance as the title character of Shakespeare’s bloody play. Olivier also directs this excellent production, filmed in gorgeous colour with a fantastic cast that…

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The Bad Seed

BB.5 (out of 5) Horrendously dated film feels like you’re watching the filming of a live stage play. Nancy Kelly plays a widowed mother to a seemingly perfect young girl (Patty McCormack), going about her life happily enough until she finds out that her little angel might actually be a bit of a demon. A murdering…

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The King And I

BBBBB (out of 5) Deborah Kerr glows as Anna Leonowens, a true-life schoolteacher who was invited by the King of Siam (Yul Brynner) to come and teach his many children. She arrives full of confidence and spirit, and thankfully for us never loses a single bit of it in her dealings with this rather old-world man…

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Bus Stop

BBBB (out of 5) Marilyn Monroe‘s first film after returning from studying at the Actors Studio in New York City was this excellent comedy-drama directed by Joshua Logan. Don Murray gives a great deal of wide-eyed relish to his role as a young rancher from out west who goes to a town for the first…

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The Girl In Black (To Koritsi Me Ta Mavra)

BBB (out of 5) Richly dramatic film by Michael Cacoyannis (Zorba The Greek), about two travellers from Athens who visit the island of Hydra and become immediately involved with local community politics. One of the visitors is immediately smitten with Marina (Ellie Lambeti), the daughter of the house where he is staying, and upon returning…

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The Solid Gold Cadillac

BBBB (out of 5) Fans of Judy Holliday‘s excellent performance in Born Yesterday should definitely not skip their chance to see this excellent crowd pleaser. She plays a streetwise bachelorette who inherits a few shares in a crookedly-run corporation. Attending a stockholder’s meeting, she raises too many questions to the money-grubbing directors, forcing them to…

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Anastasia (1956)

BBB (out of 5) After having been ejected from the United States for her extramarital affair with Roberto Rossellini, Ingrid Bergman was welcomed back to America with this interesting but slightly overblown production. She plays a young woman who is hired by two con men to pose as the missing heiress to the Romanov throne, the…

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Giant

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the greatest-ever Hollywood epics is this drama that now also stands in Hollywood history for being James Dean‘s final film role.  Rock Hudson plays a Texas cattle baron who journeys up north and wins the heart of a spirited lass (Elizabeth Taylor), who marries him, moves down south and…

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Baby Doll

BBB.5 (out of 5) Carroll Baker‘s performance is the best reason to see this film by Elia Kazan.  Like most of Tennessee Williams’ works, the story features characters and situations that are overripe with strangeness, but Baker’s work and the supporting performances by Eli Wallach and Mildred Dunnock make the calculated oddities work very well.  Baker marries…

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The Ten Commandments

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The life and times of Moses, brought to vivid life! Charlton Heston made quite a cinematic mark with his rock-steady performance as the Biblical hero, born to a Jewish slave and raised in an Egyptian palace as a prince. Discovery of his roots leads him to understand his destiny as the man…

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