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First Nighter: George Kelly's Fatal Weakness Not Fatally Weak

David Finkle | Posted 09.15.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

In The Fatal Weakness, George Kelly's 1946 vehicle for Ina Claire and now revived at the Mint after 68 years, Ollie Espenshade (Kristin Griffith) is a spoiled rich woman who initially looks as if she could be Harriet Craig's younger sister. She's so off-putting that it very soon seems the script in which she's embedded is becoming unfortunately weak, if not fatal.

Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford Duke It Out at The Castro Theatre's 90th Anniversary

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.16.2012 | Entertainment
Sean Martinfield

Critics include The Women on a list of films that designates 1939 as being the greatest year in the art of filmmaking.

When Comedy Was Clean and Comediennes Were King

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

For those wanting a respite from today's low, "in-your-face" brand of comedy, here are a few tried-and-true classics featuring these top screen comediennes. These special ladies made us laugh -- and feel smart -- at the same time.

Clark Gable: King of Hollywood

John Farr | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

As we kick off Oscar month tomorrow, we also honor the birthday of Clark Gable, who picked up a statuette at the seventh Academy Awards ceremony in 1935.

Is Today's Film Comedy in the Toilet?

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I continue to be nostalgic for comedy that doesn't require constant profanity or a surfeit of fart gags to succeed, that relies instead on subtle, clever scripts and witty dialogue; movies that in the end give their audiences some credit for brains and taste.

First Choice for Lolita, Hayley Mills, Attends Rare Screening of Whistle Down the Wind in Hollywood, Cult Classic Comes to BAM

Penelope Andrew | Posted 08.21.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Film buffs who missed the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival's rare screening and discussion of director Bryan Forbes' (The L-Shaped Room) first...

For July 4th, a Dozen Movies That Scream "America!"

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

As we head into the Independence Day weekend, I wanted to suggest some classic titles scattered over the decades that each in their way evoke our country's unique character.

Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg Documents Radio/TV Diva Gertrude Berg Popular from Great Depression Through McCarthy Era

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg underscores a unique moment in our history when the Jewish experience crossed over into households composed of African Americans and Midwesterners, as they all listened to The Rise of the Goldbergs.

The Bigger Star By Farr: Bette Davis or Joan Crawford?

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Who was the bigger star -- Bette Davis or Joan Crawford? Maybe reviewing some highlights of their respective careers can help resolve this thorny question.

On His Birthday, The Best Cary Grant Movies By Farr

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

The evidence of Cary Grant's prodigious talent is always here, right in front of us, if we choose to look.

Obama and "The Chicago Way"

Martin Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Martin Nolan

How does Barack Obama fit into political Chicago? I found out at another convention, Boston's in 2004.

The Lure of Strong Women

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Over the years, movies built on strong female characters have consistently entertained and inspired us. Instinctively, we root for these characters as we do for all non-conformists.