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Jolson Sings Again
(1949) Larry Parks stars as the titular Al Jolson in Henry Levin's Oscar-nominated musical.Given the huge hit for Columbia that was The Jolson Story (1946), it was inevitable that the studio would want to continue the far-from-true story of the great entertainer. As in the earlier picture, Parks mouths effectively to Jolson's voice in the multitude of terrific songs, but the plot is far less interesting. The main curiosity is the scene when Parks as Parks meets Jolson played by Parks, and seeing him dubbing himself for The Jolson Story. Before that, we have to tolerate following Jolson entertaining the troops during the Second World War, marrying a nurse (Hale) and making a show-business comeback.
(1941) A draper's assistant inherits money in 1906 and attempts to become a member of society in a small seaside town.Adaptation of HG Wells' novel about a poor orphan who makes good after receiving a legacy from his dead parents. Michael Redgrave is Kipps, the draper who discovers that money isn't an immediate passport to the upper classes
At the turn of the 20th Century, HG Wells turned from writing futuristic sci-fi to more down to earth accounts of British society. In Kipps, he draws on his own experiences of Britain's class-ridden social structure to provide an entertaining autobiographical tale. Director Carol Reed, who also made such classics as The Third Man and The Fallen Idol, sticks faithfully to the core of Wells' novel and produces a diverting comedy of Victorian manners
Green for Danger
(1946) Alastair Sim is a wry policeman investigating a series of mysterious deaths in a World War Two emergency hospital.A wartime tale of murder most horrid, with Alastair Sim as the detective sent in to a hospital to sniff out the perpetrator of an operating table death
When a bomb victim is admitted to an emergency ward for civilians during the Second World War, he leaves in a far worse state: dead. In the seemingly serene environs of a Tudor mansion with its wood beams and manicured gardens, suspicions rise as to whether the unfortunate patient died accidentally or was killed, leaving the surgeon, anesthetist and three attendant nurses under suspicion of murder.
(1995) The Caped Crusader returns, this time played by Val Kilmer in Joel Schumacher's take on the comic book hero.
(1992) Having successfully helmed the original, Tim Burton returned for the sequel, which once again stars Michael Keaton as Batman.Batman squares off against the Penguin and Catwoman in this second outing for Tim Burton's version of the Dark Knight
Batman Returns Fleshing out the world of the Caped Crusader with a decent story and more fully-realised villains (things the first film sorely lacked), Batman Returns allowed Tim Burton to better explore the psychological and sexual subtexts of the rubber-clad vigilante. That the result subsequently scared off McDonald's (who dropped a lucrative Happy Meal tie-in after American parents complained) is all the more reason to celebrate it.
(2000) James Spader stars as burnt-out FBI agent Joel Campbell pitted against serial killer Keanu Reeves.This promising spin on the serial killer movie is hamstrung by haphazard direction. James Spader is the FBI agent driven to breakdown by his investigation of a murderer played by Keanu Reeves in monotone-mode
Watcher So paddling around in Hannibal's backwash, we have this - yet another serial killer movie. But instead of Anthony Hopkins, we get Keanu Reeves, putting his expressionless fish-eyes to good use as cold-blooded killer David Griffin.
The Hired Hand
(1971) Peter Fonda plays Harry Collings, a cowboy tired of drifting who returns home to the wife and daughter he abandoned seven years earlier.Peter Fonda's 1971 directorial debut is the story of a cowboy who returns home to the wife and daughter he abandoned seven years earlier. A much overlooked classic
Hired Hand If you're tired of hearing about how great the 1970s were for American cinema, don't go to see The Hired Hand. Peter Fonda's 1971 directorial debut (following the immense success of the Dennis Hopper directed Easy Rider) does little to contradict this notion and stands alongside other classics of the decade like The Last Picture Show and Five Easy Pieces thanks to its complex study of human relationships and its characters' disillusionment with the American way of life