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Fatso (Blu-ray)
by Justin Remer

The Movie:

"Oh Dommy, you're so good. The good people are the fat people. And the fat people die young."

That's Anne Bancroft, the writer and director of Fatso (1980), in her costarring role as the nagging sister of Dom DeLuise's titular fat man. Fatso is a bittersweet comedy informed by the filmmaker and lead actor's Italian-American backgrounds. As such, it is big and emotional, somewhat silly, somewhat schmaltzy, but overwhelmingly compassionate in a way that makes its more obvious moments feel less hamfisted.

This movie was clearly handmade for Dom DeLuise; his character, a 40-year-old bachelor who runs a greeting card shop with his sister, is even named Dom. One gets the sense that, while DeLuise is more than happy to goof o...Read the entire review »

 

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Murder! (Blu-ray)
by Ian Jane

The Movie:

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and released in 1930, Murder! follows Sir John Menier (Herbert Marshall). He's a famous actor who served on the jury in the trial of an actress named Diana Baring (Norah Baring) who was found guilty of murdering another actress who worked in her touring company after she's found near the body shortly after the deed has been done. Upon her conviction she is sentenced to death, and this causes Menier to rethink his decision. When he starts to think that maybe she's not guilty beyond the shadow of a reasonable doubt, he decides to take it upon himself to find out who the real murderer was so that he can clear her name and get her off of death row. Menier's guilt is compounded by the fact that he had previously rejected her for a part and instead recommended that she join the very touring company that got her into trouble in the first place so ...Read the entire review »

Midnight Lace (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

Based on Janet Green's 1958 play Matilda Shouted Fire, Midnight Lace (1960) is an okay mystery-thriller, primarily a vehicle for its star, Doris Day, whose last non-comedy feature this was. Always underrated as a dramatic actress, Day is very good here, but she's let down by the screenplay, which chokes with red herrings, derivative situations, and by direction failing to take advantage of a few good ideas. Still, it's reasonably engrossing whodunnit (who's-doin'it?) that's not entirely predictable.

Day plays American heiress Kit Preston, recently married to Grosvenor Square financier Tony (Rex Harrison). Returning home through a dense fog ("a real pea-souper," someone tiresomely remarks), Kit is unnerved when a high-pitched male voice addresses her by name...Read the entire review »

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