1950s

Reviews of the best and worst films of the decade spanning from 1950 to 1959, including All About Eve, Singin’ in the Rain, North by Northwest, The Night of the Hunter, 12 Angry Men, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and Sunset Blvd.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Review

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Review

My latest for The Cinessential is a review of the 1958 movie Cat on a Hot…

Night and Fog Review

Night and Fog Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Alain Resnais originally didn’t want to make Night and Fog, and following its…

A Night to Remember Review

A Night to Remember Review

RATING: (4 STARS) When Titanic was released in 1997, it was hailed as the ultimate “four-quadrant”…

The Killing Review

The Killing Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) Though his later films would take us to space, the battlefront, the war…

Paths of Glory Review

Paths of Glory Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Even the most fervent foreign policy hawks would likely have a hard time…

Diabolique Review

Diabolique Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) Director Henri-Georges Clouzot is often referred to as the “French Hitchcock.” If that’s…

The Wages of Fear Review

The Wages of Fear Review

RATING: (4 STARS) The Wages of Fear is filmmaking at its absolute finest. The tension and…

12 Angry Men Review

12 Angry Men Review

RATING: (4 STARS) As far as directorial debuts are concerned few are as good as Sidney…

Dial M for Murder Review

Dial M for Murder Review

RATING: (4 STARS) One of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest strengths was his ability to manage enormous set…

The Night of the Hunter Review

The Night of the Hunter Review

RATING: (4 STARS) The Night of the Hunter is a frightening film with a main character…

Marty Review

Marty Review

RATING: (3 STARS) In many ways, Marty is an atypical Best Picture winner—especially when you consider…

Singin’ in the Rain Review

Singin’ in the Rain Review

RATING: (4 STARS) When I watched My Fair Lady for the first time a few weeks…

Anatomy of a Murder Review

Anatomy of a Murder Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) Anatomy of a Murder is a conventional court drama masquerading as an all-time…

Sweet Smell of Success Review

Sweet Smell of Success Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) Films that revel in mankind’s more seedy traits often walk a tricky line.…

North by Northwest Review

North by Northwest Review

RATING: (2.5 STARS) In the realm of Hitchcock, few titles are as universally revered as “North…

The Asphalt Jungle Review

The Asphalt Jungle Review

RATING: (3 STARS) It’s hard to believe it took until 1950 to tell a crime story…

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