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Film & TV Reviews


Index of film and TV reviews:


The African Queen (1951)

Alien (1979)

All Creatures Great and Small (TV series)

Attack (1956)

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Bicycle Thieves (1948)

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

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)

Dracula (1931)

The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

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)

The General (1926)

Hell is a City (1960)

Henry V (1944)

His Girl Friday (1940)

Hurricane (2018) (AKA: Mission of Honor)

The Internecine Project (1974)

The Ipcress File (1965)

The Iron Maiden (1962)

Kidnapped (1960)

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Lifeboat (1944)

The Liquidator (1965)

Little Voice (1998)

Madeleine (1950)

Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

The Matrix (1999)

The Monster Club (1980)

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)

Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

Some Will, Some Won't (1969)

Sorcerer (1977)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Squadron 992 (1940)

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)

Who Dares Wins (1982) (AKA: The Final Option)

Wuthering Heights (1939)



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