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the Fantastic Four movie, starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Julian McMahon

Fantastic Four movie

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The Fantastic Four movie (2005), starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Julian McMahon

Movie review of the Fantastic Four movie, starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Julian McMahon. Read to find out what was good, what was bad, and what was downright ugly.

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Key Largo, starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore

Key Largo

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movie review of the classic film Key Largo, where a gangster (Edward G. Robinson) breaks into a hotel during a storm, taking the innkeeper (Lionel Barrymore) and his daughter-in-law (Lauren Bacall) – who’s only hope is the returned G.I. (Humphrey Bogart) who can stand up to the gangster; if he can find his courage again.

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Zoom: Academy for Superheroes

Zoom: Academy for Superheroes

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Review of ‘Zoom: Academy for Superheroes’ – the Disney family comedy starring Tim Allen as the bitter, angry former superhero who’s called out of retirement to help train 4 new superheroes-in-training, with the aid of Courtney Cox-Arquette; before the menace that destroyed his former team returns for revenge

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The Jolson Story (1946) starring Larry Parks, William Demerest, Evelyn Keyes

The Jolson Story

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movie review of “The Jolson Story”, a fictionalized account of the life story of Al Jolson, played by Larry Parks (with the actual singing done by Al Jolson himself) with loads of music, and a massive success when it was released.

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The Big Sleep

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Editorial review of The Big Sleep, starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers directed by Howard Hawks courtesy of Amazon.com Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall… Read More »The Big Sleep

To Have and Have Not, a Howard Hawks film starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall

To Have and Have Not

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movie review of To Have and Have Not (1944) starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan

Help the Free French? Not world-weary gunrunner Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart). But he changes his mind when a sultry siren-in-distress named Marie asks, “Anybody got a match?” That red-hot match is Bogart and 19-year-old first-time film actress Lauren Bacall. Full of intrigue and racy banter (including Bacall’s legendary whistling instructions), this thriller excites further interest for what it has and has not.

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Cannily directed by Howard Hawks and smartly written by William Faulkner and Jules Furthman, it doesn’t have much similarity to the Ernest Hemingway novel that inspired it. And it strongly resembles Casablanca: French resistance fighters, a piano-playing bluesman (Hoagy Carmichael) and a Martinique bar much like Rick’s Cafe Americaine. But first and foremost, it showcases Bogart and Bacall, carrying on with a passion that smolders from the tips of their cigarettes clear through to their souls.

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The African Queen - Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart

The African Queen

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At the start of World War 1, German imperial troops burn down Reverend Samuel Sayer’s mission in Africa. He is overtaken with disappointment and passes away. Shortly after his well-educated, snooty sister Rose Sayer (Hepburn) buries her brother, she must leave on the only available transport, a tired river steamboat The African Queen manned by the ill-mannered bachelor, Charlie Allnut (Bogart). Together they embark on a long difficult journey, without any comfort. Rose grows determined to assist in the British war effort and presses Charlie until he finally agrees and together they steam up the Ulana encountering an enemy fort, raging rapids, bloodthirsty parasites and endlessly branching stream which always seem to lead them to what appear to be impenetrable swamps. Despite opposing personalities, the two grow closer to each other and ultimately carry out their plan to take out a German warship.

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Royal Wedding (1951) starring Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, Sarah Churchill

Royal Wedding

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Movie review of Royal Wedding (1951) starring Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, Sarah Churchill

Tom and Ellen Bowen (Fred Astaire and Jane Powell) are a brother and sister dance duo invited to perform in London during the same time that Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip are to be betrothed — only to find their own romances that threaten to break up the act!

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