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  • Minions

    Minions

    ★★

    As the icing on the cake of the hugely successful "Despicable Me" movies, the Minions were in many ways the real stars of the show, providing standout moments of ingenious slapstick and wonderfully endearing comedy.

    But unlike its Despicable predecessors this prequel, in which the little yellow goofballs take center stage, is sugary sweet but hollow. Children will find it a frequently hysterical romp, packed with explosions, pratfalls and even a smidgen of a history lesson. The Minions, it transpires,…

  • Where Eagles Dare

    Where Eagles Dare

    ★★★★

    For the better part of three decades following the end of World War II was staple fare for virtually every major British and American studio, plundering every important event (and many minor ones too) of the war in order to spin outrageous yarns that often had little to do with the actual events. Some of them are so bad that they become unintentionally funny, running the full gauntlet from sanctimonious drivel to idiotic shoot-'em-ups that want nothing more than to…

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  • Weird Woman

    Weird Woman

    ★★★

    "Weird Woman" is the second film of Universal's series based on the "Inner Sanctum: radio program. It is a well-made B picture which features a tight script, good performances by the entire cast, and a surprise ending that at the same time manages to reinforce and cast doubt on the film's central premise--that the "powers of the supernatural" are nothing but supersition and fear causing believers to act in ways that create self-fulling prophecies.

  • Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet

    Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet

    ★★★

    If you've only seen Edward G. Robinson in gangster films, give this one a chance and see his range as an actor. Here he portrays German physician and researcher Paul Ehrlich, a pioneer at the turn of the 20th century in the treatment of infectious diseases and the man who found a cure for syphilis. Ehrlich starts out as a general practitioner employed by a hospital in order to provide a stable living for his family but whose real love…