Classic Reviews

A cinephile’s cheat sheet with reviews of the most essential movies from the best directors of the last century, including Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Sergio Leone, Francis Ford Coppola, Akira Kurosawa, and Woody Allen.

I Know Where I’m Going!

I Know Where I’m Going!

Our film of the week at The Cinessential is Bill Forsythe’s Local Hero. It’s not a…

American Dream Review

American Dream Review

The Cinessential writes a related review each week for the film it’s highlighting. For Harlan County…

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…

Odd Man Out Review

Odd Man Out Review

RATING: (4 STARS) It’s finally happening: Director Carol Reed is getting the recognition he deserves. Of…

That Night’s Wife Review

That Night’s Wife Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) The words “crime drama” bring to mind shadowy characters doing dirty deals in…

The Lovers on the Bridge Review

The Lovers on the Bridge Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) With a production history as troubled as just about any movie this side…

Mean Streets Review

Mean Streets Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) With Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese became a made man. The semi-autobiographical 1973 film…

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Review

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Review

RATING: (3 STARS) Martin Ritt’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold captures the essence…

Radio Days Review

Radio Days Review

RATING: (3 STARS) Radio Days comes at an interesting time within the Woody Allen canon. That…

A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy Review

A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) With more than 40 titles on his resume, Woody Allen‘s career has rarely…

Boxcar Bertha Review

Boxcar Bertha Review

RATING: (2.5 STARS) The winsome harmonica that opens Martin Scorsese’s second feature film, Boxcar Bertha, should…

The Paper Review

The Paper Review

RATING: (2 STARS) It’s almost stunning how quickly Ron Howard’s The Paper collapses in on itself.…

Bringing Out the Dead Review

Bringing Out the Dead Review

RATING: (2.5 STARS) Arguably one of Martin Scorsese‘s most forgotten (and forgettable) titles, 1999’s Bringing Out…

Casino Review

Casino Review

RATING: (3 STARS) The 1990s were a fascinating period in the career of Martin Scorsese. It…

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…

Rushmore Review

Rushmore Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) With Rushmore, writer/director Wes Anderson beelines it out of Wes Andersonville toward a…

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