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  • The Lovers on the Bridge
  • Brazil
  • Wings of Desire
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

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  • Just a Breath Away

    ★★★

  • A Walk in the Woods

    ★★

  • Meet Sexton Blake

    ★★

  • The Echo Murders

    ★★

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  • Just a Breath Away

    Just a Breath Away

    ★★★

    Daniel Roby's fourth film is set in Paris around an intimate portrait of a small family trying to survive an unexplained gas fog that rises from underground after a small earthquake. What's more surreal is how this gas seems to spread like a sand storm rather than an invisible cloud. It seems to be just plain luck that it settles at a level of about four stories which Mathieu (Romain Duris) and Anna (Olga Kurylenko) barely beat by going to…

  • One Mysterious Night

    One Mysterious Night

    ★★

    The nearly comedic portrayal of Boston Blackie by Chester Morris is perhaps what was most charming in this one. It's among a serial of fourteen other films that all starred Morris.

    The plot involves the theft of the 'Blue Star of the Nile' from an exhibition guarded by the police under Inspector Farraday. Under intense pressure from the police commissioner to recover the diamond, Farraday tells reporters, among them Dorothy Anderson, that he is sure Boston Blackie is responsible. However,…

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  • Odds Against Tomorrow

    Odds Against Tomorrow

    Harry Belafonte selected Abraham Polonsky to write the script, which is based on a novel of the same name by William P. McGivern. Blacklisted in those years, Polonsky had to use a front and John O. Killens was credited. (Polonsky's screenwriting credit was restored in 1996 to his own name.)
    The plot revolves around David Burke (Ed Begley) who is a former policeman who was ruined when he refused to cooperate with state crime investigators. He has asked Earl Slater…

  • Body and Soul

    Body and Soul

    Robert Rossen only made ten pictures in his entire career and this first one made John Garfield a star and gave Abraham Polonsky an Academy Award nominee for his script. William Conrad also chews up the screen as a boxing promoter who’s talked into taking on this local amateur boxing champ named Charley Davis who starts out as a straight-shooter but is easily convinced by the money and loses his way in his career as he finds his friends and…