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Sweet Dreams **** (1985, Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth) – Classic Movie Review 5181

Director Karel Reisz’s 1985 biopic stars the highly estimable Jessica Lange, who impersonates Fifties country singer Patsy Cline (and mimes to her recordings) in one of the best performances of her career in an extremely […]

Mar, 20

Normal Life **** (1996, Luke Perry, Ashley Judd, Bruce A Young) – Classic Movie Review 5131

This outstanding 1996 Bonnie and Clyde-style neo noir crime thriller comes from John McNaughton, the director of the highly controversial Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986). Former TV sex magnet Luke (Beverly Hills 90210) Perry […]

Mar, 10

Bad Influence ***½ (1990, Rob Lowe, James Spader, Lisa Zane, Kathleen Wilhoite) – Classic Movie Review 4393

James Spader stars as Michael, a wimpy financial executive who takes lessons in the ways of the world from cruel charmer Alex (Rob Lowe) and walks into violence and disaster. And then, after lashings of […]

Sep, 21

The Matador **** (2005, Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Adam Scott) – Classic Movie Review 4284

Pierce Brosnan scores a hit as a world-weary hit-man, who drags failed salesman Greg Kinnear into his crazy way of life in Mexico. Much later, a desperate Brosnan turns up at Kinnear’s home to seek […]

Sep, 02

Looking for Mr Goodbar *** (1977, Diane Keaton, Tuesday Weld, William Atherton, Richard Kiley, Richard Gere, Alan Feinstein, Tom Berenger, Priscilla Pointer, LeVar Burton, Brian Dennehy) – Classic Movie Review 4187

Diane Keaton may be oddly cast but she grabs one of her best non-Woody Allen opportunities as bar-hopper Theresa Dunn, a Catholic school teacher of deaf children by day who by night takes to the singles bars […]

Aug, 17

Roxie Hart **** (1942, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Helene Reynolds, Iris Adrian, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers) – Classic Movie Review 3974

Director William A Wellman’s winning 1942 showbiz satirical comedy stars Ginger Rogers in an exciting, rousing performance as Roxie Hart, a trashy Twenties Chicago singer-dancer who seeks out sensational press headlines by confessing to murdering her unfaithful boyfriend. […]

Jul, 04

La Machine **** (1977, Jean-Christophe Bouvet, Sonia Saviange, Monique Mélinand) – Classic Movie Review 3633

Jean-Christophe Bouvet has his first important role in director Paul Vecchiali’s intense and important 1977 French drama, starring as Pierre Lentier, a desperate, lonely, mother-oppressed 30-something solitary factory worker who murders a little eight-year-old girl, […]

Apr, 30

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