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  • What's Up, Tiger Lily?

    What's Up, Tiger Lily?

    ★★★½

    "Gangsters have stolen my secret recipe for egg salad and not only that, they kill, they maim and they call Information for numbers they could easily look up in the book!"

    This wasn't the first production to add comedic dubbing to a serious film, but WHAT'S UP, TIGER LILY? is still one of the funniest, thanks to gags that successfully alternate between inspired and thoroughly absurd. Woody Allen reportedly disowned the picture after producer Henry Saperstein added The Lovin' Spoonful,…

  • The Evil That Men Do

    The Evil That Men Do

    ★★★½

    Bronson's last lead vehicle before finishing his theatrical career off with Cannon, THE EVIL THAT MEN DO avoids the camp found in some of those later Golan & Globus pictures. The movie is not entirely without humor, though it's still pretty dark, and while elementary in conception and execution, this ITC production satisfies in both the action and revenge categories. Theresa Saldana gives an effective performance even though the narrative doesn't really need her character for more than a few scenes…

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  • One-Eyed Jacks

    One-Eyed Jacks

    ★★★★½

    Marlon Brando’s sole directorial effort is a magnificent looking oater that mixes familiar and contrasting elements in a stylistic manner that occasionally anticipates Sergio Leone’s work. He combines the more realistic and violent direction the genre was heading with romantic scenes shared by Brando and Pina Pellicer (a talented Mexican actress who committed suicide at a young age) seemingly dropped in from a more innocent age of the western. The blend works surprisingly well, and Brando’s performance is complimented by…

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★½

    Whatever its faults, Peter Jackson’s KING KONG was certainly ambitious. Notably, it presented us with the most expressive and interesting Kong to date. It also depicted the creature’s “relationship” with Ann Darrow in surprisingly effective fashion, lending real emotion and pathos to the climax. It doesn’t necessarily matter that KONG: SKULL ISLAND jettisons all of that and is simply intent on being a B-movie basher (albeit one with a $190 million budget), but it’s a project that is so insipid…