Saturday, May 18, 2019
A government agent is sent to a western town to investigate attacks that the townspeople say are being committed by rampaging Apaches.
Mildly entertaining low-budget Western with an anti-racist message and a bumpy plot.
Halliwell (no star): "Routine Western, to which Corman added a subplot about racial prejudice, which may have improved its liberal credentials but does little for it as a movie."
Maltin BOMB: "Sometimes hilariously bad, but mostly a bore."
Friday, May 17, 2019
When the patriarch of the Toda family suddenly dies, his widow discovers that he has left her with nothing but debt and married children who are unwilling to support her--except for her most thoughtful son, just returned from China.
Mildly satirical family drama with a large, capable ensemble and staged in Ozu's typically well-balanced style.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
A dysfunctional family operating an isolated date farm in the California desert is threatened by the arrival of an extra-terrestrial.
Extremely low-budget sci-fi horror with some risible 'shock' moments and working mostly on creepy atmosphere takes way too long to give the audience a short glimpse of its truly ridiculous alien.
Halliwell (no star): "Semi-professional would-be horror story, on a level with the Corman horrors of the period."
Maltin**: "Imaginative though poorly executed sci-fi melodrama..."
Psychotronic/Michael Weldon: "...this is an effective little science-fiction movie... "
Five criminals are recruited by the Confederacy for a dangerous mission in exchange for a pardon.
Standard Western with an unusual plot and Dorothy Malone as one tough gal.
Halliwell (no star): "Western trial run for The Dirty Dozen; cheapjack actioner, quite tolerable for its kind."
Maltin**: "Fair Corman Western..."