A Star Is Born 12/14/18
Norman does a screen test with Esther, whose name is changed to Vicki Lester, and they end up doing a movie together that makes Esther/Vicki the hottest ticket in Hollywood, but Norman's career continues a steady decline, which forces Norman deeper into the bottle.
A Woman's Secret 12/14/18
The film opens with a former singer named Marian Washburne (Maureen O'Hara) confessing to the attempted murder of a singer and Broadway star named Susan Caldwell (Grahame), even though a piano player and songwriter named Luke Jordan (Melvyn Douglas) doesn't believe for a minute that Marian committed this crime.
Night School 12/13/18
Hart evokes sympathy for Teddy by beginning the film with a flashback that shows why Teddy never graduated high school, but shows him being ridiculed by his father and sister for being dumb.
Staying Alive 12/13/18
We have scene after scene of Broadway dancers going through grueling dance routines set to disco tunes by the Bee Gees and Stallone's brother, Frank, who Stallone does try to showcase here.
On Moonlight Bay 12/12/18
This was the second of three films that Day would make with Gordon MacRae, whose pearly whites and rich baritone compliment Day beautifully even though the story keeps his character offscreen a little too much.
First Man 12/12/18
Production values are exemplary, with special nods to cinematography, film editing, and especially sound...the sound in this film is incredible, it literally had my chair shaking as I watched and that early scene of one of Jim's earliest flights actually got me a little queazy in my stomach.
That's My Boy 12/11/18
I also loved that the teacher/mom who began the story was played by Susan Sarandon's daughter, Eva Amurri Martino, at the beginning of the film and then played by Sarandon near the end of the story.
Tight Spot 12/11/18
The only thing in this movie that really worked for me in this movie was the smoldering performance from Brian Keith as the cop protecting Sherry.
Based on a story by Lynda LaPlante, the story takes place in contemporary Chicago during a time of great racial and political unrest where we meet four women who husbands were all recently murdered behind their criminal activities, including the lifting of a large amount of money, which has put these four ladies in great danger.
An Affair to Remember 12/10/18
Despite some confusing and unnecessary story elements, the 1957 melodrama An Affair to Remember is still quite the effective tearjerker, thanks to the almost magical chemistry of the stars that definitely makes the problems with the film a little easier to overlook.