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    This Week’s Review: “The Maltese Falcon”

    I certainly saw several noir films in the late 1940s and early ’50s, but I was too young to really enjoy the genre and I did not see some of the classics until they began to appear on television. For some strange reason, I never saw “The Maltese Falcon” until the 1970s, and then only …

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    This Week’s Review: “The Barchester Chronicles”

    As I said in an earlier review, the current medical crisis is good for those with an adequate supply of books and DVDs. I am now re-viewing the BBC’s massive adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s “Palliser” novels. Those who think the sun rises and sets on “Downton Abbey” might want to refresh their memory of this …

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    This Week’s Review: Books

    In a recent review, I raised the question of how the current medical crisis would affect theaters. I learned this morning, March 17, that AMC and Regal (Edwards) are closing down for the duration. Since Hollywood is holding several potential blockbusters back until the crisis wanes, there was very little to lure customers into the …

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    This Week’s Review: “Glory”

    The weekend of March 7 had absolutely nothing that could entice a curmudgeon out of his lair, but, as would any respectable curmudgeon, he had plenty of books and DVDs with which to divert himself. It took much of late January and early February to plow through David W. Blight’s massive “Frederick Douglass,” but it …

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    This Week’s Review: Adam Dalgliesh Series

    My plans to see “The Call of the Wild” during the weekend of February 29 came to a screeching halt when I had a fall and pulled various muscles; I also confess that the growing concern with the coronavirus is making me more than reluctant to enter a crowded theater. My enthusiasm for that film …

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    This Week’s Review: “The Call of the Wild”

    The Curmudgeon had every intention of heading for “The Call of the Wild” as his diversion for the weekend of Feb. 22, but his own ineptness (Latin for “he had another fall”) brought him low. I might have skipped this version of Jack London’s novel, but the casting of Harrison Ford guaranteed my interest. I …

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    This Week’s Review: “Birds of Prey”

    The Curmudgeon managed to ruin the weekend of February 15 by seeing a fetid mess known both as “Birds of Prey” and “Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey.” There is a third title, but no change in titles can redeem this cinematic atrocity. To say that it is trash is a slander against garbage …

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    This Week’s Review: “The Rhythm Section”

    It took your jaundiced reviewer less than 15 minutes to realize that he had made a serious mistake on the weekend of Feb. 1. “The Rhythm Section” has to be one of the most tedious and pointless films on which he ever squandered his ill-gotten gains. The only reason the curmudgeon chose the film was …

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    This Week’s Review: “1917”

    After far too many hours grading essays, the Curmudgeon crept out of his lair on January 25 long enough to see “1917,” a World War One epic about two British soldiers attempting to carry a message to an isolated commander that he should not continue on the offensive lest he send his soldiers into a …

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    This Week’s Review: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

    The Curmudgeon has been hanging his head in shame for several days; for the first time in 42 years, he was unable to attend the opening performance of a Star Wars episode. At no time was he able to persuade anyone to help him sneak out of the hospital in order to see “Episode 9: …

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