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  • The Divorcee
  • Third Finger, Left Hand
  • Merrily We Go to Hell
  • Shanghai Express

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  • Women Are Like That

    ★½

  • Pillow to Post

    ★★★

  • Street of Women

    ★★★★

  • The Magic School Bus Rides Again in the Zone

    ★★★

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  • Women Are Like That

    Women Are Like That

    ★½

    Call me when Pat O'Brien gets hit by a truck. This maxim applies to all of his films, and, preferably, in real life as well.

  • Street of Women

    Street of Women

    ★★★★

    Enjoyable drama from Archie Mayo and Mary C. McCall rife with overt phallic symbols and incestuous relations. The details of it are a little silly, but the myopic selfishness and selflessness of the characters make it feel proto-Sirkian in its complexities. Roland Young gives the film the kick it needs to get it over the finish line.

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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.