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Film & TV Reviews


Index of film and TV reviews:


The African Queen (1951)

All Creatures Great and Small (TV series)

Attack (1956)

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Bicycle Thieves (1948)

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

Bullitt (1968)

Crocodile Dundee (1986)

Crocodile Dundee II (1988)

Death on the Nile (1978)

The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

Dial M for Murder (1954)

Evil Under the Sun (1982)

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

The Final Programme (1973)

The Four Musketeers (1974)

The French Connection (1971)

Funeral in Berlin (1966)

Henry V (1944)

His Girl Friday (1940)

The Internecine Project (1974)

The Ipcress File (1965)

Kidnapped (1960)

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Lifeboat (1944)

The Liquidator (1965)

Little Voice (1998)

Madeleine (1950)

Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

My Favorite Wife (1940)

Night Mail (1936)

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

The Pride and the Passion (1957)

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958)

633 Squadron (1964)

Sorcerer (1977)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Star Wars (1977)

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

Suffragette (2015)

Survivor (2015)

They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

The 39 Steps (1935)

The 39 Steps (1959)

The Three Musketeers (1973)

The Trap (1966)

Ultraviolet (TV series)

Unbroken (2014)

Villain (1971)

Wuthering Heights (1939)



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