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The Last Tycoon Review


Good
The Last Tycoon, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished final novel, packs a pile of talent into its two hours but comes up a bit short in the end.

A shockingly lithe Robert De Niro stars as Monroe Stahr, a 1930s studio executive based on Irving Thalberg (a prolific producer who died at the age of 37, presumably from overwork). Stahr has lost loves in the past and a crushing chip on his shoulder in the present. He's a workhorse, but he wants something more out of life.

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


Good
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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Escape To Witch Mountain Review


Good
Decades before Harry Potter wowed millions, another orphaned kid with magical powers delighted children in literature and the movies. Two of 'em, in fact. (Kids and movies, I mean.)

Watch carefully and you'll find Harry's origins written all over Escape to Witch Mountain. Young Tia and Tony (Harry Potter) find themselves orphaned and without memory of their parents. When their foster parents die, they're sent to an orphanage, where an evil capitalist named Deranian (Voldemort) tries to subvert their budding magical powers -- levitation, telepathy, animal communication, and more -- for his own whims. They escape and head for the mythical Witch Mountain (Hogwarts), where they're sure they'll be accepted. They get there thanks to an old map (lightning bolt scar) that Tia has, reminding her of her past. Helping them along the way is a crotchety but folksy camper (Hagrid) and a pet cat (owl), not to mention various other obstacles and helping hands -- including a magic harmonica (wand).

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Frogs Review


Weak
Frogs gets points for its most straightforward of titles, but what the heck -- there are killer lizards, spiders, and snakes here too, in addition to the giant frogs marauding a small island house and its residents.

"What if nature were trying to get back at us?" the film asks, before the Birds-reminscent attack begins? (The frogs are enhanced due to pesticide over-use.) Look no further than Ray Milland's typical reaction: "I don't think there's much to worry about..." His family's so self-obsessed they barely notice when members start dying off.

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The Attic Review


Good
Really kooky movie, with Carrie Snodgress starring as an aging, left-at-the-altar librarian who still lives with her invalid father (Ray Milland, milking it at career's end). Snodgress not only lives a half-fantasy life wherein she's constantly murdering dad, she has a monkey, too, often dressed up as a sailor. Poor Carrie's life goes from bad to worse to totally bizarre, as random encounters take her to one-night stands and vulgar tea-time visits -- and yet all remaining inside a PG rating. Perfectly strange and worth a look... if you've already seen all of David Lynch's movies.

Dial M For Murder Review


Essential
M stands for murder and also for mindfuck in this, one of Hitchcock's best films. Based on a stage play by Frederick Knott (whose credits also include another great thriller, Wait Until Dark), Dial M For Murder includes one of the most intricate plots of any murder mystery as well as maximum amounts of Hitchcock's trademark suspense.

A quietly evil Ray Milland plays a cold fish who plots to kill his wife (Grace Kelly) for her insurance money. As he explains at the beginning of the movie, he also wants to commit the "perfect murder" - i.e. one that is complicated and dangerous, yet foolproof and never suspected. John Williams is the Scotland Yard inspector who may be onto him.

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The Premature Burial Review


Weak
Based on Poe's short story, this trifle features Ray Milland as a cruel man obsessed with being buried alive, going to elaborate lengths to avoid such an end. Of course, you already know what happens. Corman's use of stuffy sets and costumes doesn't endear the film to the audience, making it inaccessible and, for the most part, boring. We impatiently wait for the satisfying conclusion while the rest of the film just slips away.
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X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes (1963) Movie Review

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

Cute little tale has doctor Ray Milland discovering drops that let you see through objects...

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Dial M For Murder Movie Review

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M stands for murder and also for mindfuck in this, one of Hitchcock's best films....

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