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  • It Grows on Trees

    It Grows on Trees

    ★★★½

    Irene Dunn's last picture is a pleasant little yarn, amusingly told. When you are finished tsking at the infantilization of women, you can enjoy the absurdly low prices of everyday things.

  • The Girls in the Band

    The Girls in the Band

    ★★★★★

    Great storytelling, rich interviews, footage and audio. You don't have to know anything about jazz going into this film, and you will know a lot more coming out. Start building your playlist.

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  • Torch Song

    Torch Song

    ★★★★½

    A tough as nails broad makes life impossible for the kids in the chorus, and MGM blows the dust off a few other unused numbers in the bargain. This is the most meta of Joan Crawford escapades up to this point: Joanie being Joanie, turned all the way up. Mommy Dearest looks a lot less campy the more Joan you watch.

    I am not ignoring the inexplicable Two-Faced Number. It is bizarre, appalling, and only made me wonder more "what…

  • Desperate Characters

    Desperate Characters

    In a bleak and unpopulated New York City, couples bicker, belittle, and regret. Ninety minutes in, you will beg for someone to invent cocaine and disco.