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  • Phantom of the Opera

    Phantom of the Opera

    ★★★½

    Sumptuous and silly. Worth watching for the lush Technicolor, excellent design and camerawork, and Rains's effective performance.

  • Play It As It Lays

    Play It As It Lays

    ★★★★

    Such an elegant bummer.

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  • Ghost Story

    Ghost Story

    ★★★½

    Yes, it is deeply flawed; it promises something with the effect of an authentic well-told ghost story, and it does not quite deliver. But the performance of Alice Krige completely delivers. Here she shows her full potential as a great screen beauty as well as an exceptionally talented actress. Her embodiment of the haunting seduces even as it chills. It's perhaps my favorite performance ever. The cinematography by the great Jack Cardiff is tops as well. The cold, dark landscapes…

  • The Heart of the World

    The Heart of the World

    ★★★★½

    Simply dazzling. What a thrill!