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  • Three Blind Mice

    Three Blind Mice

    ★★

    Flat rendering of a situational comedy which was done more broadly and effectively as the CinemaScoped behemoth How to Marry a Milloinaire. Loretta Young is too demure for a crazy comedy, and the director, William Seiter, takes a cautiously theatrical approach to the material. The script lacks sparkle and a musical score is generally AWOL throughout. Fortunately, the rest of the cast is in fine fettle. Joel McCrea and David Niven have an attractive, easy going charm working together, and Binnie Banes livens things up as the brash, hard-drinking sister.

  • Suicide Club

    Suicide Club

    ★★★

    'I want to die beautifully, like Joan of Arc in a Bresson film.'

    J-horror with French Nouvelle Vague pretensions, it starts off building its intriguing mystery through the police investigation, keeping its social commentary bubbling obliquely in the background, before the subtext bursts forth like a gory jack-in-the-box, and the last forty minutes go completely off the rails in the usual Sono fashion. Of course, Sion Sono mad caps will most likely find the last third of the movie is…

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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),…