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  • ...One Third of a Nation...

    ...One Third of a Nation...

    ★★★★

    A rich man accidentally develops a conscience. Weird that a millionaire declaring "We have a responsibility to the community we live in!" probably sounds more risque for him to say today than it did 80 years ago. Incredibly dark and downbeat for a 30s film, especially one produced during the Code, it touches on some very then-relevant topics and presents it in all of its gory details.

  • Mary Burns, Fugitive

    Mary Burns, Fugitive

    ★★★★

    Quick paced thriller with Sylvia Sidney on the run that's enlivened by the great supporting cast. Brian Donlevy, Melvyn Douglas, Wallace Ford and Pert Kelton all turn in excellent characterizations in brief roles, making the film sparkle with life.

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  • The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees

    ★★★

    I kind of wish this movie was less about the pretty white girl's typical 'rediscovering her mom' junk and more about Hudson's discovery and connection to a group of women who embody so many of her own feelings that she could never express before.

    Instead, the dramatic beats seem like less of an awakening than a mishmash. The insertion of contemporary music is jarring, and the overuse of montage covers some moments that would be better left explored. Just kind of unsatisfying overall, though it has a lot of good pieces.

  • Ball of Fire

    Ball of Fire

    ★★★★½

    Can you imagine not liking this movie? What the fuck.