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  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    ★★★★★

    Ida Sessions: Are you alone?
    Jake Gittes: Isn’t everybody?

    This is one of those classics that you can pull out on any occasion, even with non-classic movie fanatics, and be assured that everyone in the room will love it. That is because it is perfect.

    flickersintime.com/1001-movies-you-must-see-before-you-die/chinatown-1974/

  • Hearts and Minds

    Hearts and Minds

    ★★★★½

    President Lyndon Johnson: [historical footage] So, we must be ready to fight in Vietnam; but, the ultimate victory will depend upon the hearts and the minds – of the people who actually live out there.

    Peter Davis blends political talking heads, interviews with soldiers on both sides, historical footage, and interviews across the ideological spectrum to create, without narration, the definitive anti-war documentary.

    flickersintime.com/1974/hearts-and-minds-1974/

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  • The Time Machine

    The Time Machine

    ★★★★

    I’ve read the source novel and was looking forward to the movie. It is nowhere near as thought-provoking but still a fun special effects adventure.

    flickersintime.com/1960/time-machine-1960/

  • Dressed to Kill

    Dressed to Kill

    ★★★½

    The finale in the series of Rathbone/Bruce Sherlock Holmes films is a tribute to the Conan Doyle story A Scandal in Bohemia. A mistress of disguises leads a gang that will stop at nothing to retrieve three music boxes. These will give the crooks virtually a license to print money. As always, Sherlock Holmes is just a little too smart for her.

    Given the quality of the average B movie of the period, these films are small masterpieces and remarkable for their consistency.