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  • Ski Party

    Ski Party

    ★★

    Well, at least James Brown made an appearance...

  • Boys Town

    Boys Town

    ★★★

    It has sentimentality written all of its pages and yet Spencer Tracy provides a titanic performance that does the material a service -- he makes the emotions that are being mined more than warranted. Being a lifelong fan of MASH I was glad to finally see a film featuring a young Gene Reynolds and Henry Hull is a delightful exasperated sidekick for Tracy.

    Mickey Rooney plays his test case named Whitey. The key is Whitey thinks he's a tough guy.…

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  • Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo

    ★★★★★

    I had forgotten how good Howard Hawk's Rio Bravo is. Most any western with John Wayne is easily watchable, but this film boasts a extraordinary cast including some mainstays of the genre like Walter Brennan and Ward Bond. However, you also have some other stars that you do not associate with westerns. Namely Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, and Ricky Nelson. Each one delivers a fun, likable, and even moving performance.

    This western has been allegedly labeled as an answer to…

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★½

    As cliche as it will sound this is one of those films that transcends the years for me. It is still that powerful after so many decades.

    Using low angles and numerous close ups Carl Theodor Dreyer pulled me into this story early on. It was tense and claustrophobic causing the viewer to become emotionally involved in the trial and the plight that surrounded Joan.

    The actors that he chose have wonderfully expressive visages that are so distinct even with…