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  • Loose Ankles

    Loose Ankles

    ★★½

    This is an odd little film that is quite dated and at the same time quite pre-code. Loretta Young is due to receive a large part of an inheritance, but the entire inheritance is contingent on her marrying an acceptable young man and there being no scandal in the family. A scandal gives all the money to a dog and cat hospital. Feeling like she and the rest of the family have enough money, she sets off to create a…

  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    ★★★

    Disclaimer: I like ABBA, so am predisposed to the songs in the soundtrack - and that is perhaps the single most important thing that will determine if I like a musical or not. This one is half flashback, interwoven with "current" time (one of my wife's least favorite devices). But the setting is five years after the first movie (which was ten years ago), and with Sophie being 25 and shown to be born in 1979/80, that puts the setting…

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  • Phantom of the Rue Morgue

    Phantom of the Rue Morgue

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    One of those movies I probably saw on TV back in the 60s. I know I saw some version, and there doesn't appear to be another movie version that fits my vague memory. I mostly watched this to verify that the one line summary that TCM gives of the movie is a huge spoiler if you haven't read the story or seen a version of it. <<</SPOILER--A mad scientist uses an ape to murder his enemies----\SPOILER>>>. This is essentially the…

  • Knight and Day

    Knight and Day

    ★★★★

    This is one of my favorite spy action comedies. Tom Cruise does a good job as a spy who is efficient, but seemingly a little unbalanced. Cameron Diaz plays an auto mechanic that is trying to get back to Boston for her sister's wedding when she bumps into Cruise and gets sucked into his story.

    The story involves the inventor and prototype of a perpetual battery. Cruise says another agent was going to sell the battery to an arms dealer…