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Somebody Up There Likes Me Review


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Rocky Graziano was more of a brawler than a boxer, and this film (based on his autobiography) dutifully chronicles his development from street hood to army scofflaw to amateur boxer to mob target. Whew! Graziano is single-dimensionally played by an underwhelming Paul Newman in one of his first film roles, here lacking the nuance he'd give to tough guys in films like Hud and Cool Hand Luke, both of which run rings around this straightforward and simplistic biopic.

Somebody Up There Likes Me Review


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Rocky Graziano was more of a brawler than a boxer, and this film (based on his autobiography) dutifully chronicles his development from street hood to army scofflaw to amateur boxer to mob target. Whew! Graziano is single-dimensionally played by an underwhelming Paul Newman in one of his first film roles, here lacking the nuance he'd give to tough guys in films like Hud and Cool Hand Luke, both of which run rings around this straightforward and simplistic biopic.

X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes (1963) Review


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Cute little tale has doctor Ray Milland discovering drops that let you see through objects -- with the unfortunate side effect of eventually driving you insane. Disgraced out of medicine after defenestrating one of his fellow physicians, he of course joins the circus as part of the freakshow. Staid performances, cornball special effects (dig those medical textbooks standing in for human innards), and peek-a-boo shots of womens' legs and backs make this 1963 cult classic a middling and often laughable experience.

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The Wrong Man Review


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Hitchcock famously hated the police -- thanks to an experience as a youth in which his father had him locked up at the local jail -- and more than any other film The Wrong Man exudes that sentiment.

Based on the 1953 case of Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero, The Wrong Man is a true story (the only one in Hitch's body of work) of justice gone terribly wrong. Balestrero (Henry Fonda, sheepish as ever) is abruptly arrested for a series of holdups he didn't commit, yet witness after witness, circumstance, and even handwriting samples point to him as the culprit. Eventually the true criminal comes to light, but not before Balestrero's wife (Vera Miles) has gone insane due to the trauma.

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X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes (1963) Movie Review

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