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  • They Drive by Night

    ★★★

  • Easy Living

    ★★★½

  • True Confession

    ★★★½

  • My Favorite Wife

    ★★★½

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  • Humoresque

    Humoresque

    ★★★★

    Few actresses possess the innate ability to contradict the very logic of emotional expression the way Joan Crawford does. Her Helen is portrait of vehement despair and ruin, but tempered by an underlying subdued sense of acceptance and finality. By playing upon the different layers and facets of sentiment that factor into her greater grief, her emotions eclipse even the most brilliantly written lines of dialogue. She invites the viewer in firsthand to bear witness to the heartbreaking singularity of…

  • Give Me Your Heart

    Give Me Your Heart

    ★★★½

    The bulk of the praise I'm about to bestow on this film is on account of Kay (no surprises there) -- I'm well aware of my implicit bias in favoring her performances, but this one in particular transcends her usual caliber. Any laudatory adjective given here to describe her acting would be a gross understatement, so I won't even attempt it. What I will do, however, is enlighten you all as to why this characterization in particular scintillates in the…

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  • They Drive by Night

    They Drive by Night

    ★★★

    Wildly inferior to THIEVES' HIGHWAY but still a cut above mediocre, THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT is the first of two movies adapted from the recollections of writer A.I. Bezzerides to come out during the 1940s. Competently handled under the direction of Raoul Walsh, it recalls the story of the working class Fabrini brothers who make their living by transporting produce in the midnight hour. Their precarious yet stable livelihood is thrown into jeopardy when misfortune strikes, forcing Joe, the focal…

  • Easy Living

    Easy Living

    ★★★½

    Opportunity in the form of a mink coat falls right into Jean Arthur's lap in Mitchell Leisen's EASY LIVING, kicking off a string of nonsensical misunderstandings unique to Preston Sturges' consummate wit. I really appreciate how the story places Arthur front and center, allowing her affable naivete to really luster and flourish as the story progresses. I feel that she's often overlooked or sidelined in a fair number of her films, which considerably detracts from the efficacy of her appeal.…

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