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tubbs’s Film Reviews

6436 Films have been rated or reviewed by tubbs.

Fellini's 8 1/2Fellini's 8 1/2 (1963)Aro Favourite
3 stars (Good Enough) It is not an easy watch but sprinkled throughout are Fellini trademarks in plot and character. There is a great opening dream sequence but this is surpassed by a classic final scene in which Nino Rota's music score reaches a climax.
Dog Day AfternoonDog Day Afternoon (1975)Aro Favourite
3 stars (Good Enough) For about the first hour the screenplay is very strong – you would bet that you were watching an Irish comedy – but then it weakens out. Being shorter could have helped.
DVD $15 $11.25
Lives of the Saints (TV Mini-Series) Lives of the Saints (TV Mini-Series) (2004)
2 stars (Good Try) It comes alive when either Sophia or Sabrina Ferilli are in the scene.
DVD $14.95
Key LargoKey Largo (1948)Recommended
3 stars (Good Enough) 70 years on and this drama is still holding up well. There is a palpable feeling of tension between the opposing forces. Edward G Robinson looks the part and all the other characters feed off him.
DVD $15 $11.25
InfamousInfamous (2006)Recommended
3 stars (Good Enough) The above average casting extends deep into the supporting roles. It is a good screenplay but not unusual for this kind of dramatisation it does not have a surprise factor because the story is well known.
Cat's Meow, TheCat's Meow, The (2001)
3 stars (Good Enough) Excellent production values service an interesting screenplay. Edward Herrmann makes a good fist of his Hearst character and Jennifer Tilly steals her scenes and enjoys herself.
A Shriek in the NightA Shriek in the Night (1933)
2 stars (Good Try) Although the shriek doesn't rise to any great heights it is worth the hour running time.
Changing LanesChanging Lanes (2002)Recommended
2 stars (Good Try) A good plot idea and a good start with the screenplay but it then loses its way and takes a few wrong turns.
Blu-Ray $19.95
A Double LifeA Double Life (1947)
2 stars (Good Try) The performances were fine as was the plot idea but the screenplay didn't hold the attention.
Another CountryAnother Country (1984)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) An excellent snapshot of British privilege and hierarchical bullying. None of those cast in the supporting roles would look out of place in a public school. Rupert Everett is outstanding.

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