Movie Diary 3/24/2014

The Face of Love (Arie Posin, 2013). Shouldn’t be good, given its soap opera plot about a widow spotting her dead husband’s lookalike. But Annette Bening and Ed Harris get something going. (full review 3/28)

Smart Money (Alfred E. Green, 1931). On the heels of both Little Caesar and The Public Enemy, the only pairing of Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney. The latter has second-banana status, but still manages to make his presence felt. Robinson is also in trim shape. A peppy movie, with some wince-worthy racial material.

Joe (David Gordon Green, 2013). Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan (they deserve equal billing) in one of David Gordon Green’s southern dramas. It is what it is, sometimes hauntingly. (full review 4/18)

The Bad Seed (Mervyn LeRoy, 1957). This is a remarkable movie. Stagey, for sure, but lethal in laying waste to just about everybody and everything in Everytown, U.S.A.; the evil child is just one of many serious problems. In fact the kid is just a symptom of the fact that nobody seems capable of telling the truth. Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart, and Henry Jones carried over their stage performances – all strong.

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