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  • The Poseidon Adventure
  • The Apartment
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Trading Places

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  • The Real Charlie Chaplin

    ★★★

  • Divorce

    ★★

  • The Far Country

    ★★★½

  • Terror in a Texas Town

    ★★★½

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★

    It takes a very special film to leave you stunned in your seat whilst the credits roll, collecting your thoughts in the dark, not quite ready to rejoin the outside world. With a plot that’s relatively simple, and a brisk ninety minute run time "You Were Never Really Here" provides quite the gut-punch. Joaquin Phoenix plays Joe, a bearded shuffling monolith with a performance that challenges the audience, provoking fear, sympathy, and condemnation in equal measure.

    Matching the subtleties of…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    The title says it all: Quentin Tarantino has made his own version of a fairy tale, full of archetypes and staples of the children’s stories we were read at bedtime. The valiant heroes, the evil villain, and the journey everyone must take to receive their just deserts – all of it is blended smoothly into a terrific-tasting mélange with his unmistakable flair. However, this is a different side of Tarantino we’re seeing here, as it’s a more introspective. Yes, his…

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  • The Real Charlie Chaplin

    The Real Charlie Chaplin

    ★★★

    Chaplin's career & life were so expansive that trying to cover it in one documentary seems foolish. This film does a fairly good job, but still way too much is skipped over.

  • Divorce

    Divorce

    ★★

    The first of three films Kay Francis made for Poverty Row studio Monogram is a poor photocopy of the type of picture she regularly starred in at Warner Bros. at the height of her fame in the early 1930s. The film lacks the polished production design, elegant costumes, and snappy writing features in the earlier movies. Plus, the enforcement of the Production Code didn't help either as now divorce has to be portrayed as a tragedy and not something that…

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  • The Last Tycoon

    The Last Tycoon

    ★★

    F. Scott Fitzgerald was barely halfway through writing the novel before his premature death. The unfinished novel was published in a collection of the author's shorter works. Critics have been trying to gauge the potential of the work ever since.

    Producer Sam Spiegel convinced director Elia Kazan to come out of retirement to helm the adaptation. Kazan proves himself capable of handling the new Hollywood stars like Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson and proving adapt at meshing their acting…

  • Another Dawn

    Another Dawn

    ★★½

    Warner Bros. tried to prop up Kay Francis' dwindling career by teaming her with their latest star Errol Flynn. The resulting romantic melodrama is a decidedly mixed bag.

    While Francis & Flynn could carry this type of film just of the strength of their combines charisma, the plot has so much stuffed into its brief running time that nothing is allowed to breath and develop. Warner Bros. could make this type of film on autopilot. There's a sweeping score by Erich…