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John McLaughlin on “The McLaughlin Group”. Photo: PBS

The End of The McLaughlin Group

It was hard to resist The McLaughlin Group – but that was in the 1980s.

Alec Guinness, Danny Green, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker
Alec Guinness, Danny Green, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker and Herbert Lom in “The Ladykillers”. Photo: Ealing

Review: Criminally Fun

The Ladykillers: Rich with laughter, helped by a brilliant cast.

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Lilian Gish in “Intolerance”. Photo: Triangle

Review: D.W. Griffith’s Epic Revenge

Intolerance: As a whole, the film is very uneven. 

James Garner and Joyce Greenfell in "The Americanization of Emily". Photo: MGM
James Garner and Joyce Greenfell in “The Americanization of Emily”. Photo: MGM

Arthur Hiller 1923-2016

His best movie was The Americanization of Emily (1964), an outstanding dark comedy.

Meryl Streep in "Florence Foster Jenkins". Photo: Paramount
Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”. Photo: Paramount

Quick Take: A Clueless Wonder

Florence Foster Jenkins: The filmmakers genuinely care about the main character, an easy target for ridicule.

Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in "War Dogs". Photo: Warner
Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in “War Dogs”. Photo: Warner

Quick Take: Bang for Your Buck

War Dogs: Entertaining, with an effective performance by Jonah Hill as the free-wheeling Efraim.

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“Sausage Party”. Photo: Columbia

Quick Take: Far from a Tasty Treat

Sausage Party: What makes other Seth Rogen movies more satisfying is an emotional core.

Boris Karloff and Zita Johann in "The Mummy". Photo: Universal
Boris Karloff and Zita Johann in “The Mummy”. Photo: Universal

Review: Beneath the Bandages

The Mummy: Opening and ending with great intensity, the film is less thrilling in between.