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  • The Children's Hour

    The Children's Hour

    ★★★½

    A devastating story of how gossip can ruin lives. We may be appalled at the way lesbianism is such a scandal, but people in academe are having their lives ruined by someone taking a word out of context, or simply using poor word choice. Oddly, it's mostly the left doing the ruining these days. And just like the French Revolution, people who begin as allies become enemies as some keep heading toward the extremes and punishing all who don't go…

  • The Flying Deuces

    The Flying Deuces

    ★★★½

    Laurel and Hardy join the French Foreign Legion because someone told them that was the way for Hardy to forget his love who left him. When things get hard enough, Hardy claims to have forgotten her and they decide to leave. The Legion does not see it that way. These guys are pretty entertaining.

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  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    How can a movie I've watched for 30 years, every year, multiple times some years, how can a movie like that still cause me to tear up at the end? I know what happens, I've seen it before. That, my friends, is quality film making.

  • Key Largo

    Key Largo

    ★★★★½

    Hot dog, what an awesome movie! This is maybe my sixth time watching. The first time I watched Key Largo I thought it was OK, but not great. Not sure what headspace I was in then, because the acting in this is top notch. The underrated Claire Trevor is a standout (she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work here), but everyone, Bogart, Robinson, Barrymore, and Thomas Gomez are all in top form. Probably the best that Bacall has ever been. Huston has some nicely framed shots and sets things up well. Highly recommended and if you don't love it, watch it again.