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2010 Stories by Ellliott Stein

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  • 20 Million Miles to Earth

    published April 20, 2010

    Dir. Nathan Juran (1957). Nothing wrong with Juran's direction of actors, but the prime attraction of any of stop motion effects wizard Ray... More >>

  • Night Mayor

    published April 20, 2010

    Dir. Ben Stoloff (1934). A flashy vehicle for machine gun mouth Lee Tracy whose character is based on New York's flamboyant and disgraced Jazz Age... More >>

  • The Lemon Drop Kid

    published April 20, 2010

    Dir. Marshall Neilan (1934). Damon Runyon's guys and dolls are at the races in veteran Neilan's chuckle-inducing flick starring staccato Lee Tracy... More >>

  • Meet John Doe

    published April 20, 2010

    Dir. Frank Capra (1941). Columnist Barbara Stanwyck invents a cynical stunt newspaper story about a tramp intent on killing himself to protest the... More >>

  • Stranger on the Third Floor

    published April 20, 2010

    Dir. Boris Ingster (1940). Not to be missed! Often considered the first true noir, this remarkable B-picture is set in an urban nightworld of... More >>

  • The Hoodlum

    published April 13, 2010

    Dir. Sidney Franklin (1919). Mary Pickford stars in this charming romantic comedy in which she plays the sort of high-spirited but innocent... More >>

  • Marquise

    published April 13, 2010

    Dir. Vera Belmont (1997). An exuberant entertainment on a grand scale, this is the bawdy account of the career of Mademoiselle Duparc, the 17th... More >>

  • Doctor X

    published April 13, 2010

    Dir. Michael Curtiz (1932). One of the major horror films of the early 1930s, directed with great visual style by Curtiz, this takes place largely... More >>

  • The Strange Love of Molly Louvain

    published April 13, 2010

    Dir. Michael Curtiz (1932). In this "mature melodrama"—meaning there's lots of pre-Code activity—poor orphaned Ann Dvorak is a woman... More >>

  • The Big Clock

    published April 13, 2010

    Dir. John Farrow (1948). Set mostly in the headquarters of a large publishing firm, this cleverly-plotted noir stars Charles Laughton, brilliant... More >>

  • Big Business

    published March 24, 2010

    Dir. Jim Abrahams (1988). In this shrill, unappealing screwball comedy of errors, Bette Midler and Lili Tomlin play two sets of twins separated at... More >>

  • The African

    published March 24, 2010

    Dir. Stefan Apelgren (2005). Police procedural fans should have a ball—this is one of the most intriguing of the fine Wallander Swedish... More >>

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    published March 24, 2010

    Dir. F.W. Murnau (1927). One of the greatest American silent films, this is also, in terms of design, atmosphere and audacious visuals, the most... More >>

  • Strange Days

    published March 24, 2010

    Dir. Kathryn Bigelow (1995). Now that Ms. Bigelow has made history by becoming the first woman to cop a Best Director Oscar for Hurt... More >>

  • The Misfits

    published March 24, 2010

    Dir.John Huston (1961). Whatever its qualities, this last film of two screen greats, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, couldn't help but be of... More >>

  • Sparrows

    published March 24, 2010

    Dir. William Beaudine (1926). This extraordinary silent film, unlike any other Mary Pickford vehicle, becomes something like a horror movie as we... More >>

  • Batman Returns

    published March 24, 2010

    Dir. Tim Burton (1992), Excellent production design can't compensate for a meandering, incoherent screenplay in this dark, depressing, and... More >>

  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

    published March 24, 2010

    Dir. Jack Kinney (1949). The combining of two classic stories in vintage Disney style—Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow... More >>

  • Aliens

    published March 24, 2010

    Dir. James Cameron (1986). The sequel to "Alien" is a high-tech non-stop war movie, with marines battling creatures and action heroine hard-boiled... More >>

  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    published March 24, 2010

    Dir. Stanley Kramer (1963). This overblown comedy of excessive length is a throwback to the simple-minded slapstick silents of the Keystone Kops... More >>

  • The Darkness

    published March 16, 2010

    Dir. Stephan Apelgren (2005). This is the first in the Wallander crime series written and directed by Apelgren, and it proves one of the most... More >>

  • The General

    published March 16, 2010

    Dir. Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman (1927). In one of the great silent comedies, set during the Civil War, a railway engine takes the title role.... More >>

  • Toto the Hero

    published March 16, 2010

    Dir. Jaco van Dormael (1991). The first film of Belgian director Dormael, a former circus clown, is a winning blend of kid's fantasy and adult... More >>

  • Hula

    published March 16, 2010

    Dir. Victor Fleming (1927). Clara Bow is at her flamboyant best as the daughter of a pineapple planter in Hawaii. She skinnydips in a stream,... More >>

  • Rapt

    published March 16, 2010

    Dir. Dimitri Kirsanov (1934). Russian emigre Kirsanov independently made a few silent films—one of them, Menilmontant, was a pure... More >>

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