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  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    The Best Years of Our Lives


    This is one of the most heartfelt, smart, honest and empathetic films I've ever seen from the era it came from. The title is twee, the poster forgettable and you think, "Hmm, this is going to be a bit dull," but this picture grabs you emotionally from the outset and never lets go. What could have slid into a maudlin and predictable melodrama manages to hold together for an astonishing nearly 3-hour run time. You can feel in the final…

  • The Golden Head

    The Golden Head


    This is a terrible film by any objective standard, but it's enjoyable on some levels and if you watch it I don't think you'll be sorry you did. Forget the plot--the writers and director obviously did, employing the dumbest clichés in service of the flimsiest premise one could possibly come up with for a picture like this. Forget the talent, such as it is. I hope George Sanders fired his agent for malpractice, and Buddy Hackett is the least entertaining…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


    So, I finally saw this, and was as underwhelmed as the rest of the world seems to be. It's not bad. It's well-made, generally well-acted, the special effects are dazzling and it's entertaining. But I'm going to use the same two words that I've used for years to describe the third installment of the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi: "aggressively mediocre."

    We're going through the paces. Lightsaber battles, Millennium Falcon, action in space, conflicts with epic dimensions...all the stuff…

  • Gangs of New York

    Gangs of New York


    "Gangs of New York" is the greatest film made in the 21st century so far. I know that's a tall statement that absolutely no one who reads this review will agree with. It blew me away when I first saw it more than 17 years ago, and I avoided watching it for the last few years thinking, "It won't hold up." Guess what? Not only does it hold up, it got even better in the intervening years.

    The plot is…