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Black Sails, S02E05: XIII.; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

black-sails-season-2Originally aired 21 Feb 2015
Written by Aaron & Todd Helbing
Directed by Alik Sakharov

Starring Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Zach McGowan, Toby Schmitz, Luke Arnold, Louise Barnes, Clara Paget, and Jessica Parker Kennedy

My rating:  ★★★★ stars

A shocking revelation…

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The Clock; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally released 25 May 1945 
Written by Robert Nathan and Joseph Schrank, from a story by Paul and Pauline Gallico
Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Starring Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason, and Keenan Wynn

My rating: ★★★★ stars

The Most Romantic Film Ever Made, IMO

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Satan Met a Lady; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally released 22 Jul 1936
Written by Brown Holmes
Directed by William Dieterle

Starring Bette Davis and Warren William

My rating: ★★ stars

Adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon tries too hard to be everything but The Maltese Falcon.

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Suicide Squad; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally released 5 Aug 2016
Written and directed by David Ayer

Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jay Hernandez, Jai Courtney, Adawale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Cara Delevingne

My rating: ★★    ★1/2 stars

Not the epic disaster I expected, for what that’s worth.

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Hanky Panky; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

hanky-panky-posterOriginally released 4 Jun 1982
Written by Henry Rosenbaum and David Taylor

Directed by Sidney Poitier

Starring Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Richard Widmark, and Kathleen Quinlan

My rating: ★★ stars

Uneven comedy-thriller pairs Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner for the first time.

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Mom at Sixteen; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Mom at SixteenOriginally aired 21 Mar 2005
Written by Nancey Silvers

Directed by Peter Werner

Starring Danielle Panabaker, Jane Krakowski, and Mercedes Ruehl

My rating: 1/2 star

Do not watch this message-heavy Lifetime movie about teenage motherhood without a full bottle of Maalox nearby.

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Making It; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

making-it-posterOriginally released 21 Mar 1971
Written by Peter Bart
Directed by John Erman

Starring Kristoffer Tabori, Bob Balaban, Joyce Van Patten, Dick Van Patten, and Lawrence Pressman

My rating: ★★★ stars

Character study of intelligent, callous high school Lothario.

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