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The Charge Of The Light Brigade Review


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Dramatazation of Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem about the ill-fated Light Brigade, 600 soldiers during the Crimean War (digested version: 1854-56, England and Turkey vs. Russia, best known for the Light Brigade but most significant for the actions of nurse Florence Nightengale). While the costumes and sets are perfectly historical, the facts are hardly accurate -- the infamous charge that killed all involved was actually a goof-up courtesy of an incompetent British army, not a moment of heroism due to a Ben Affleck-ish soldier.

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Auntie Mame Review


Excellent
Think of it as the flipside of Breakfast at Tiffany's: Here's what happens when a brassy city-girl socialite winds up with an orphaned nephew in her care and marries a southern plantation owner. Hilarity ensues as cultures clash galore. Set during the Great Depression, Auntie Mame is a very funny and touching story, even if it rambles endlessly, clocking in at nearly 2 1/2 hours long.

The Charge Of The Light Brigade Review


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Dramatazation of Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem about the ill-fated Light Brigade, 600 soldiers during the Crimean War (digested version: 1854-56, England and Turkey vs. Russia, best known for the Light Brigade but most significant for the actions of nurse Florence Nightengale). While the costumes and sets are perfectly historical, the facts are hardly accurate -- the infamous charge that killed all involved was actually a goof-up courtesy of an incompetent British army, not a moment of heroism due to a Ben Affleck-ish soldier.

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Another Thin Man Review


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The third Thin Man movie finds the series struggling a bit as it searches for new ideas, while also taking a rather mean turn of events. For starters, Asta now has a sibling -- a (human) baby -- to distract the Charleses. But never mind the kid, the couple (trio) has a new mystery to deal with: A military colonel who's being threatened by a just-outta-prison man from his past is sure he's going to be killed. 20 minutes later, he is killed. Whodunnit? Well, our obvious suspect may just be a bit too obvious, if you know what I mean.

Unfortunately, the mystery here is random and a bit obtuse, and the jokes just aren't as funny with all the ultra-dark goings on.

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The Adventures Of Robin Hood Review


Excellent
The Adventures of Robin Hood is one of those rare studio system movies that started out as a regular genre film and somehow surpassed itself, feeding off a creative energy that generated its own sweeping artistry. It blurs the line of categories to include all types and styles: a swashbuckling action-adventure; a romantic fairy tale full of yearning looks and limpid eyes; a sight-gag comedy with dashing derring-do and hilarious costumes. Coming right down to it though, it's a 65-year-old classic that still holds its rank as a movie among movies.

In 1938 Robin Hood was a huge success. It added to the Errol Flynn-Olivia de Havilland aura as a leading romantic team (they made six more films together). It also received special attention by using the new and expensive three-strip Technicolor in its cinematography. If you had a chance to see the restored 35mm print that made the rounds at various big-city theaters last August, good for you -- you've experienced what "glorious Technicolor" really is and you're one up on the rest of us. But the new release of The Adventures of Robin Hood on a two-disc DVD special edition might just even the score. It's hard to beat seeing any classic on the big screen, but the sparkling sharpness of this DVD image and the high quality and quantity of the extras almost make up for the lack of big-screen opportunities.

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