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French Connection II Review


Good
Popeye Doyle is back -- seriously, what else could 20th Century Fox choose to do after the box-office bonanza of The French Connection and an Oscar win? -- and he's still on the case.

In a lot of ways, French Connection II -- that's right, no "the" -- makes sense. The abrupt ending of the original French Connection had French bad guy Alain Charnier(Fernando Rey) escaping the cops despite dozens surrounding him in a New York warehouse, never to be found. Not a very satisfying ending to have our hero come up emptyhanded -- and not just that, we're merely told about it via title card right before the credits roll!

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The River (1984) Review


Very Good
Sissy and Mel face off against a raging river -- and plenty more -- in this chest-thumping melodrama from On Golden Pond director Mark Rydell. Of course, it's not just the river that's about to flood the family farm that they have to contend with. They also have a bank that wants its loan payments, an evil dam developer who'll even hire thugs to rip down their makeshift levee, and just about every other obstacle under the sun. (Even the umpire at the local baseball game is against them!) The film is ironically at its best and most eye-rolling when Spacek gets her arm caught in a piece of farm equipment, threatening her with bleeding to death. It's high-water, hair-tearing hysteria that works remarkably well.

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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Prime Cut Review


Good
A guy who turns his enemies into hot dogs and dopes up girls to sell as sex slaves?

Sounds far more interesting than it really is, and as the lead villain, Gene Hackman gets far too little screen time. Prime Cut is Lee Marvin's story, the mob enforcer sent from Chicago to collect half a million dollars in debts from Hackman's "Mary Ann," and decides to rescue poor Poppy (Sissy Spacek in her first speaking role) from Mary Ann's clutches.

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Waking The Dead Review


Essential
Keith Gordon is one of the best filmmakers we have working today, and he's been quietly building a strong body of work which merits attention. His cult classic anti-war film, A Midnight Clear and his tour de force adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night were two of the 15 or 20 best American films to come out in the 1990s. Gordon is particularly good at visualizing internal landscapes, particularly slow collapses into paralyzing madness and terrible guilt.

It's difficult to say whether or not Waking the Dead is his best film, since it's one of those movies which seeps into you as you view it, then stays with you in the days that follow. It's certainly his most challenging in terms of tone, structure, and theme, deliberately convoluted and fragmented, moving back and forth between two different, contrasting eras (the idealistic '70s and the aggressively opportunistic '80s) and the evolution of its deeply troubled central character, Fielding Pierce (Billy Crudup).

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The Old Dark House Review


OK
William Castle "horror" movies don't get much more harmless than this, a simplistic and good-natured romp starring Tom Poston (of Newhart fame). Poston stars as an American in England, invited to visit an eccentric man's mansion, where other eccentric characters quickly find themselves killed. Goofy humor and really cheap fright gags abound. You'll forget it the moment it's over, though it should go without saying that you can never have too much Robert Morley in a movie.
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X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes (1963) Movie Review

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

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Waking the Dead Movie Review

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