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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) – reviewed by George

What a waste of time this film is! Middle school is tough on just about everybody. All of the teachers are at or near burnout, so they only like a certain type of student, and that’s usually a girl who … Continue reading

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Michael Caine as Sherlock Holmes in “Without a Clue” – reviewed by George

In a pre-credits sequence Holmes (Michael Caine) and Watson (Ben Kingsley) do much more than the police to apprehend two robbers. In front of the reporters Holmes is cool and brilliant, Watson is sincere and polite, and Lestrade (Jeffrey Jones) … Continue reading

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Jessie Matthews in “Sailing Along” (1938) – reviewed by George

Kay Martin (Jessie Matthews) was rescued from a burning barge (her father was killed) when she was only four years old. Her rescuer, Skipper Barnes, (Frank Pettingell) has raised her and considers her his daughter, and a fine worker on … Continue reading

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The Wrong Man (1956) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 45th film is very suspenseful, but is also very infuriating, and true. One certainly hopes that police procedures have improved greatly in the last 62 years. “Manny” Balestrero (Henry Fonda) is a bass player at the Stork Club. … Continue reading

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The Band’s Visit (2007) – reviewed by George

This is a film I have wanted to see for a long time, and it turns out to be excellent, even  magnificent. Short (about 1:27), unpretentious, actors I did not know, basically unattractive outdoor locations, but a real emotional wallop. … Continue reading

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Green for Danger (1946) – reviewed by George

A tightly constructed murder mystery that takes place on the Southeast coast of England in  the waning days of WWII (specifically August, 1944), the movie begins with a fast shot of a farm worker hearing the buzz (or hum, if … Continue reading

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The “Duck Tales” Reboot: October 2017 – reviewed by George

I really enjoyed “Duck Tales” back from 1987 to 1990, so this week when I found out it had been rebooted last October (I don’t watch the Disney Channel so much anymore), I was delighted. The pilot episode (# 1!) … Continue reading

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Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and Edward Hardwicke as John Watson in “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” (1988) – reviewed by George

Freddie Jones, Kika Markham, and Donald Churchill (as Inspector Baynes of the Surrey Constabulary, Miss Burnet, and Scott Eccles) in “Wisteria Lodge” What starts out looking like a domestic drama – husband kills wife’s lover – turns out to be a … Continue reading

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Jessie Matthews in “Gangway” (1937) – reviewed by George

The title has three meanings here: 1) Get out of the way, as the title song expresses, 2) gangway or gangplank, as the characters leave London by ship for New York about halfway through the film, and 3) Gang-way, as … Continue reading

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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1955) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 44th film is a smash, really magnificent. This is the only time Hitchcock remade one of his movies, and yet you really can’t say this is better or worse – it’s just so different. The first film, starring … Continue reading

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