From the Film Vault

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Program Notes: Mister Roberts (1955)

Mister Roberts movie poster

Mister Roberts is only half a John Ford movie. Precisely which half has been debated ever since this naval comedy/drama was released in 1955. Ford, the grand old man of movies, was fired from the project halfway through filming.

New on DVD: The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

The Lincoln Lawyer movie poster

A confession: Matthew McConaughey irritates me in most of his romantic comedy roles. But in The Lincoln Lawyer we get the McConaughey I love. Here he plays Mick Haller, a fatally flawed character who oozes amoral charismatic and oily self-confidence.

Program Notes: Donovan's Reef (1963)

Donovan's Reef movie poster

Donovan’s Reef (1963) is a film of John Ford’s old age. Depending on how you look at it, it's either a gentle reverie or an escape from all the things in real life which were making Ford a cranky old man.

New on DVD: Captain America (2011)

Captain America movie poster

Just when it seemed the whole comic book/superhero thing had burnt itself out in a conflagration of too much money and not enough inspiration, along comes Captain America: The First Avenger to make us remember why these movies can be so much fun.

Program Notes: The Quiet Man (1952)

The Quiet Man movie poster

The Quiet Man (1952) may have been the film dearest to Ford’s heart, a sort of fairy tale set in ‘20s Ireland and overflowing with the sights, colors, eccentric characters, and time-tested customs of the Emerald Isle.