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  • The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

    The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

    ★★★½

    A somewhat unlikely scenario, which certainly hasn't aged well, is offset by an immaculate Cary Grant in full force urbane sophisticate mode, the persona he chose to inhabit (with a couple of exceptions) for the majority of his film career post Hitchcock's Notorious. Shirley Temple is fun in one of her better later roles, and Myrna Loy was always a good match for Grant, even when the films weren't all that great. Also bringing their A-game are Rudy Vallee as…

  • Mayhem

    Mayhem

    ★★★

    Has the advantage over The Belko Experiment (which was also an attack on corporate America set in a locked-down muti-story office building) in that it commits wholeheartedly to the satire. The baggage Steven Yeun has from The Walking Dead (a show he's well rid of) adds to the fun of his character (he's enjoys the violence way more than Glen). Another Walking Dead escapee, Dallas Roberts, amusingly plays the head of HR (called 'The Reaper) as if he were a…

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  • Foreign Correspondent

    Foreign Correspondent

    ★★★★

    With David O Selznick off his back, Hitchcock revels in the Hollywood playground and produces his first blockbuster. It's also, arguably, his most typical adventure thriller until North by Northwest (which is, in some ways, a rehash of this film). It lacks the psychological complexities of Hitchcock's best films (including Rebecca), and even though WWII is on the doorstep, it's less pressing a propaganda piece than The Lady Vanishes, for example, apart from the earnest (and pretty terrific) tacked on…

  • Man's Favorite Sport?

    Man's Favorite Sport?

    ★★★★½

    Paula Prentiss's Abigail is so consumed by Rock Hudson's Roger Willoughby — a fraud but also a sweet, gentle soul — she goes a little nuts. She can't leave him alone, which causes Roger no amount of grief, but it also leads him to become the best version of himself. In other words, she makes an honest man out of him. This is Howard Hawks's most extreme statement concerning the battle of the sexes. At one point, Easy (Maria Perschy),…