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  • The Heiress
  • Notorious
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
  • How Green Was My Valley

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  • Corridor of Mirrors

    ★★★

  • Love & Friendship

    ★★★½

  • Little Man, What Now?

    ★★★★

  • Fire in the Sky

    ★★★½

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  • Fire in the Sky

    Fire in the Sky

    ★★★½

    When it comes to the scenes on board the alien spacecraft, this film really delivers. I saw this film when it was first released in 1993 and I remember thinking back then that the alien scenes were creepy and scary. Watching it again, 29 years later, those scenes lived up to my memories. The 10 minute scene where Travis (D.B. Sweeney) has a flashback to what happened to him on board the alien craft is truly nightmarish. Every thing that…

  • The Dressmaker

    The Dressmaker

    ★★★

    Thanks to the performances, this is a throughly entertaining film, but it is a bit of a stew when it comes to the crammed-full story. The film has a lot of things I love - a small town setting populated by quirky characters, a contentious mother and daughter relationship, a mysterious death, and a tale of revenge but at times it almost seems like too much. Much of this feeling comes from the fact that there are so many characters…

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  • Down Argentine Way

    Down Argentine Way

    ★★½

    This run-of-the-mill film seemed fairly typical of a lot of the 20th Century Fox musicals I've seen - beautiful Technicolor, lovely costumes, all hampered by a thin, rather dull plot used to string together a bunch of musical acts. In this case, the best musical number being the incredible dance routine by the amazing Nicholas Brothers. Their dance sequence really is the highlight of the film.

    In my opinion, Betty Grable was a somewhat mediocre talent. She was cute looking,…

  • Million Dollar Legs

    Million Dollar Legs

    ★★

    This fell flat for me. Lots of awkward, slow paced scenes that just didn't pay off with much in the way of laughs. I think my favorite scene was Lyda Roberti singing "It's Terrific (When I'm Hot)." She reminded me of a very young Tracey Ullman with platinum hair. Susan Fleming's acting skills were about on the same level as another star from this period, Ruby Keeler (who, by the way, is not in this film), in other words, wooden.…

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  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

    ★★★★★

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

    This movie never fails to move me and I’ve probably seen it a dozen times. My first viewing of it was as a child, before the advent of cable TV, back in the early 1960s when movies were shown on local TV stations in the afternoons. The scene at the end, depicting Mrs. Muir as an old woman, who is shortly to be reunited with her true love, a ghost she knew for one short year as a young woman,…

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    ★★★★★

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    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a gem of a musical film - beautiful to look at, beautiful to listen to and one that will surely tug at your heartstrings. It’s a unique musical in that the dialogue is completely sung, which might seem strange at first, but you quickly get used to it. The singing, with music and lyrics by Michel Legrand, is done in a very low-key and fluid jazz style and it soon begins to feel like you…