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The Contender

Jan 1, 1981 By George Morris

Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull is full of fancy footwork, but it doesn’t land many solid hits. Jack Lemmon deserves Tribute; The Competition is a winning film.

The Shadow Warrior

Dec 1, 1980 By George Morris

Sword-wielding samurai clash in Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa’s rousing saga of clan wars in sixteenth-century Japan. The Stunt Man goes out on a limb—and falls off. It’s My Turn is a feminist film that’s funny.

Putting on Heirs

Nov 1, 1980 By George Morris

The story of Howard Hughes and the discredited “Mormon will” is the unlikely subject of a quirky film about rags and out-of-reach riches. Ordinary People is full of woe; Stardust Memories has far to go.

City Kicker

Jun 30, 1980 By George Morris

Urban Cowboy falls off its horse; The Shining is Stanley Kubrick’s horror odyssey; The Empire Strikes Back, but it’s no coup; Alfred Hitchcock takes the fortieth step.

Southern Discomfort

Apr 30, 1980 By George Morris

John Huston makes the sinners and saviors of Flannery O’Connor’s fiction eerily real in Wise Blood; Little Miss Marker falls short; Nijinsky falls flat.

Brains, Beauty, and Braun

Mar 1, 1980 By George Morris

The Marriage of Maria Braun marks a second honeymoon for the New German Cinema; it’s hard to see your way through The Fog; this American Gigolo is overpriced and underwhelming.