Saturday, January 26, 2013
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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A master barrister in ill health takes on a man as client who is accused of having murdered an elderly lady.
Congenial adaptation of an Agatha Christie play full of humor, suspense and some surprise twists and topped by some stellar lead performances.
Halliwell ***: "Thoroughly likable though relentlessly over-expanded movie version of a clever stage thriller. Some miscasting and artificiality is condoned by smart dialogue and handling, one celebrated performance, and a handful of surprises."
Maltin ****: "Fantastically effective London courtroom suspenser from Agatha Christie play."
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Is it just another evening at the hugely popular Italian restaurant in New York owned by a proprietor and bookmaker.
Refreshingly professional mixture of melodrama, humor, haute cuisine and suspense full of memorable moments.
Halliwell **: "Enjoyable movie which uses food as an indicator of changing tastes and moral values, though everyone here gets their just desserts."
Maltin ***: "Flavorful film has the ring of truth - inside the kitchen and out - and is brimming with life."
A Texas cattle agent witnesses first hand, the brutal lawlessness of Dodge City and takes the job of sheriff to clean the town up.
Lively and good-humored Western adventure, typical for the Curtiz-Flynn-De Havilland movie series of the time.
Halliwell ***: "Standard, satisfying big-scale Western with all cliches intact and very enjoable, as is the soft, rich early colour. The story is plainly inspired by the exploits of Wyatt Earp."
Maltin ***: "...entertaining large-scale Western, withh Warner Bros. stock company and the granddaddyof all barroom brawls. The principal inspiration for BLAZING SADDLES."