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Includes - A Christmas Carol (1938), MPAA Rating: NR The Shop Around the Corner (1940), MPAA Rating: NR Christmas in Connecticut (1945), MPAA Rating: NR It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947) A Christmas Carol For a generation of radio fans, Lionel Barrymore was the definitive Ebeneezer Scrooge. Alas, Barrymore was crippled by arthritis by the time MGM got around to filming Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in 1938, so the Scrooge role went to contract player Reginald Owen - who, though hardly in the Barrymore league, does a splendid job. Hugo Butler's screenplay must make some adjustments from the source material. The Ghost of Christmas Past, for example, is played not by a robust middle-aged man but by a beautiful young woman (Ann Rutherford). Impeccably cast, the film includes such reliable character players as Leo G. Carroll (Marley's Ghost), Barry McKay (Scrooge's nephew Fred) and Gene and Kathleen Lockhart (Bob and Mrs. Cratchit). The Lockhart's teenaged daughter June makes her screen debut as one of the Cratchit children, while Terry Kilburn is a fine, non-sentimental Tiny Tim. Commenably short for a major production (69 minutes), MGM's Christmas Carol is one of the best adaptations of the oft-filmed Dickens Yuletide classic, and definitely on equal footing with the more famous 1951 Alastair Sim version. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Shop Around the Corner The Shop Around the Corner is adapted from the Hungarian play by Nikolaus (Miklos) Laszlo. Budapest gift-shop clerk Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and newly hired shopgirl Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) hate each other almost at first sight. Kralik would prefer the company of the woman with whom he is corresponding by mail but has never met. Novak likewise carries a torch for her male pen pal, whom she also has never laid eyes on. It doesn't take a PhD degree to figure out that Kralik and Novak have been writing letters to each other. The film's many subplots are carried by Frank Morgan as the kindhearted shopkeeper and by Joseph Schildkraut as a backstabbing employee whose comeuppance is sure to result in spontaneous applause from the audience. Directed with comic delicacy by Ernst Lubitsch, this was later remade in 1949 as In the Good Old Summertime, and in 1998 as You've Got Mail. It was also musicalized as the 1963 Broadway production She Loves Me. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Christmas in Connecticut War hero Dennis Morgan becomes the object of a publicity stunt staged by magazine publisher Sidney Greenstreet. The corpulent print mogul announces that Morgan has won a Christmas dinner, to be prepared by the magazine's housekeeping expert Barbara Stanwyck in her own Connecticut home. The catch: Not only does Stanwyck not have a home in Connecticut, but she's never been in a kitchen in her life! She also doesn't have a husband (as her articles claim), so Stanwyck's erstwhile beau Reginald Gardiner is pressed into service as the hubby. As for the cooking, that will be handled by master chef S. Z. "Cuddles" Sakall. This solves everything, right? No way, Jose. Long dismissed as a lesser film farce, Christmas in Connecticut has its own irresistible charm, and has in recent years become a perennial Christmas-eve TV attraction. Pay absolutely no attention to the 1992 TV remake, starring Dyan Cannon and directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide It Happened on Fifth Avenue It Happened On Fifth Avenue was easily the most ambitious movie made by the then-newly-organized Allied Artists for at least a decade after its release -- actually, as a "Roy Del Ruth Production," it was made through rather than by Allied Artists, which may explain why it stands so far apart from the Bowery Boys movies and other productions normally associated with Allied during this period. And amazingly, it works, mostly thanks to a genial cast and a reasonably light touch by director/producer Roy Del Ruth, and in spite of a script that needed at least one more ed
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Christopher Reeve got away from Superman and related costume roles in this dramatic fantasy film, adapted from Richard Matheson's 1960s vintage novel Bid Time Return. A young playwright, Richard Collier (Reeve), is approached by an elderly woman on the occasion of his first triumph in 1972 -- all she says to him is "Come back to me" and leaves him with a watch that contains a picture of a ravishing young woman. Eight years later, he visits the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and comes upon a photograph of the same woman, whom he discovers was an actress who made an appearance at the hotel in 1912. He becomes obsessed with the image and what the woman -- who died the night she approached him in 1972 -- meant by what she said. In a manner somewhat reminiscent of the film Laura, he falls in love with her and her image as he learns more about her life and career. Then he comes upon the suggestion of a professor at his former college that time travel may, in fact, be possible, using an extreme form of self-hypnosis to free the person from the place they occupy in the time-stream. Collier's feelings for the woman are so strong that he succeeds, bringing himself back to the hotel in 1912 on the eve of her triumph. He meets the actress, Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour), and the two fall in love despite the machinations of her obsessive, autocratic manager (Christopher Plummer), who feels threatened by Collier's presence. ~ Bruce Eder, All Movie Guide
Writer-director Spike Lee's epic portrayal of the life and times of the slain civil rights leader Malcolm X begins with the cross-cut imagery of the police beating of black motorist Rodney King juxtaposed with an American flag burning into the shape of the letter X. When the film's narrative begins moments later, it jumps back to World War II-era Boston, where Malcolm Little (Denzel Washington) is making his living as a hustler. The son of a Baptist preacher who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, Little was raised by foster parents after his mother was deemed clinically insane; as an adult, he turned to a life of crime, which leads to his imprisonment on burglary charges. In jail, Little receives epiphany in the form of an introduction to Islam; he is especially taken with the lessons of Elijah Mohammed, who comes to him in a vision. Adopting the name 'Malcolm X' as a rejection of the 'Little' surname (given his family by white slave owners), he meets the real Elijah Mohammed (Al Freeman, Jr.) upon exiting prison, and begins work as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Marriage to a Muslim nurse named Betty Shabazz (Angela Bassett) follows, after which X spearheads a well-attended march on a Harlem hospital housing a Muslim recovering from an episode of police brutality. The march's success helps elevate X to the position of Islam's national spokesperson. There is dissension in the ranks, however, and soon X is targeted for assassination by other Nation leaders; even Elijah Mohammed fears Malcolm's growing influence. After getting wind of the murder plot, X leaves the Nation of Islam, embarking on a pilgrimage to Mecca that proves revelatory; renouncing his separatist beliefs, his oratories begin embracing all races and cultures. During a 1965 speech, Malcolm X is shot and killed, reportedly by Nation of Islam members. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Movie Guide
Includes:Becker: Pilot (1998) Becker: Take These Pills and Shove 'Em (1998) Becker: Sex in the Inner City (1998) Becker: My Dinner With Becker (1998) Becker: City Lights (1998) Becker: Man Plans, God Laughs (1998) Becker: Tell Me Lies (1998) Becker: Saving Henry Cohen (1999) Becker: Lucky Day (1999) Becker: Regarding Reggie (1999) Becker: Drive, They Said (1999) Becker: Cyrano De-Beckerac (1999) Becker: Linda Quits (1999) Becker: He Said, She Said (1999) Becker: Stumble in the Bronx (1999) Becker: Hate Thy Neighbor (1999) Becker: Pain in the Aspirin (1999) Becker: Blind Curve (1999) Becker: Santa on Ice (1999) Becker: Scriptus Interruptus (1999) Becker: Choose Me (1999) Becker: Physician, Heal Thyself (1999) Becker: Partial Law (1999) Becker: Activate Your Choices (1999) Becker: Limits and Boundaries (1999) Becker: Larry Spoke (1999) Becker: Becker the Elder (1999) Becker: P.C. World (1999) Becker: My Boyfriend's Back (1999) Becker: Shovel Off to Buffalo (1999) Becker: Point of Contact (1999) Becker: Imm-oral Fixations (1999) Becker: Love! Lies! Bleeding! (1999) Becker: Truth and Consequences (1999) Becker: The Roast That Ruined Them (2000) Becker: Old Yeller (2000) Becker: All the Rage (2000) Becker: The Film Critic (2000) Becker: SuperBob (2000) Becker: Panic on the 86th Floor (2000) Becker: For Whom the Toll Calls (2000) Becker: The Bearer of Bad Tidings (2000) Becker: One Angry Man (2000) Becker: Sight Unseen (2000) Becker: Crosstalk (2000) Becker: Cooked (2000) Becker: The Rumor (2000) Becker: Beckerethics (2000) Becker: Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em (2000) Becker: Dr. Angry Head (2000) Becker: Margaret's Dream (2000) Becker: One Wong Move (2000) Becker: What Indifference a Day Makes (2000) Becker: The Usual Suspects (2000) Becker: The Wrong Man (2000) Becker: The Hypocritic Oath (2000) Becker: 2001 1/2: A Graduation Odyssey (2001) Becker: The More You Know (2001) Becker: The Ugly Truth (2001) Becker: Elder Hostile (2001) Becker: You Say Gay Son, I Say Godson (2001) Becker: Nocturnal Omissions (2001) Becker: The Tor-Mentor (2001) Becker: Sue You (2001) Becker: Heart Breaker (2001) Becker: The Trouble with Harry (2001) Becker: The Princess Cruise (2001) Becker: Pretty Poison (2001) Becker: Small Wonder (2001) Becker: Trials and Defibrillations (2001) Becker: Pilot Cheers star Ted Danson returns to the small screen to portray an extremely gifted but outwardly gruff Bronx physician who frequently alienates those around him yet possesses an enormous passion to help his ailing patients. As the series gets underway, Becker does his best to treat an HIV-positive child and learns that his favorite diner has a new owner. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Take These Pills and Shove 'Em Becker's harsh bedside manner has caused a critical patient, Mr. Marino, to leave the hospital and return home. Now, in order to save Mr. Marino's life, Becker must make a rare house call and convince the ailing man that his diabetes has triggered a minor heart attack. But Mr. Marino is skeptical of the diagnosis, and suspects that the combative medico is operating by a secret set of ulterior motives. Meanwhile, Becker's friend Jake - the blind owner of the local newsstand - has enrolled in a sculpting class in hopes of meeting women. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Sex in the Inner City Sex seems to be the running thread throughout the day as Becker is drawn into a steamy conversation between Reggie and Jake during breakfast at the diner, and becomes acutely aware of his lackluster sex life when his patients and coworkers repeatedly bring up the topic. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: My Dinner With Becker Becker has been approached with the prospect of a blind date, and while he hesitates to accept after discovering that the woman in question loves line-dancing, aroma therapy, and karaoke, he ultimately agrees to give it a shot. But by the time he realizes that he should have trusted his instincts, it's already too late. Meanwhile, Reggie has had enough of nice guys, and drops her latest love interest after he proves much to accepting and accommodating. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: City Lights A flickering streetlight is shining directly into Becker's window, preventing the crabby medico from getting a good night's sleep. But the city has refused to address the issue in a timely manner, leaving a sleepless Becker to resolve the issue personally. Meanwhile, Margaret begins to regret her decision to permit Linda one personal item in the office after discovering that Linda's item has a life of its own. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Man Plans, God Laughs As the terminally abrasive Becker discovers that he just might not be cut out for friendship, Linda has taken charge of the office due to the fact that Margaret is hold up at home with the flu. Meanwhile, Reggie experiences an unwanted reunion with a former high-school classmate. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Tell Me Lies Reggie is obviously upset about something, but refuses to tell Jake and Becker what's bothering her. When Becker persists in his efforts to discover the source of Reggie's malaise, she constructs an impenetrable wall of lies before ultimately breaking down and telling the truth. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Saving Henry Cohen An ally cat has taken up residence in Becker's office and refuses to budge. Despite being determined to do everything within his power to rid himself of the pesky feline, however, the contentious doctor soon discovers that his newfound friend has some rather serious health issues. Begrudgingly opening his wallet to help the animal make a recovery, Becker enlists Margaret's assistance in planning a trip that he'll likely never take. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Lucky Day Today seems to be Becker's lucky day: Not only does he find a prime parking spot, but he receives a surprise tax refund and has an unusually quick trip to the post-office as well. But with each new stoke of luck comes the unmistakable suspicion that something wretched is about to befall him. Later, after finally allowing himself to appreciate his good fortune, Becker takes a serious tumble. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Regarding Reggie The medical fundraiser is fast approaching and Becker still hasn't found a date for the big night - but who to ask? Fearing that Reggie will mistake a friendly invitation for a romantic overture, Becker does his best to find someone else to take to the fundraiser. Despite his best efforts at finding another date, however, it always comes back to Reggie. As the pressure mounts for Becker to get over his unfounded fear and simply ask Reggie to join him, the stressed-out doctor finds his memories drifting back to the time when, as a ten year-old boy eager to find a date to the dance, he experienced his first bout with rejection. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Drive, They Said Becker becomes obligated to play taxi driver when Reggie, Margaret, Jake, and Linda realize that he's headed for Queens, and ask if he can drop them off at various locations along the way. Had any of these people ever actually ridden in a car that Becker was driving, however, odds are good that they would have simply taken the subway. After Becker causes an accident with his hyper-aggressive driving skills, he returns to his office to discover that his waiting room is overflowing with patients. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Cyrano De-Beckerac Reggie tells Becker he doesn't know anything about women, but unbeknownst to her, Becker is giving dating tips to her new beau (Robert Gant). Meanwhile, Linda becomes a big sister to an obnoxious teen (Molly Morgan). ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Linda Quits Linda quits her job after she makes a mistake on a patient's prescription, and Becker hires what seems like an ideal replacement. Meanwhile, Reggie, Jake and Bob wonder why a nicely dressed man keeps pacing back and forth outside the diner. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: He Said, She Said John isn't too pleased when a friend (Julie Caitlin Brown) of a friend looks him up, but he changes his tune when he sees her and he realizes that she accepts him just as he is. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Stumble in the Bronx John gets a taste of his own medicine when he is accidentally shot and has to put up with obnoxious doctors and nurses at a hospital. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Hate Thy Neighbor Becker is released from the hospital and is surprised---and pleased---when his attractive doctor (Frances Fisher) makes a house call that is strictly personal. Meanwhile, Margaret tries to find a suitable physician to temporarily replace Becker. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Pain in the Aspirin John thinks Liz (Frances Fisher) is lying when she claims she doesn't have any aspirin, even though he knows she has some---because he went through her purse. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Blind Curve Jake's old friend (Cress Williams), who was responsible for the car accident in which Jake lost his sight, pays him a surprise visit. Meanwhile, Margaret tries to get out of an annual road trip with some nursing school friends. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Santa on Ice Becker is his usual bitter self as Christmas rolls around, until a department-store Santa drops dead in his waiting room. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Scriptus Interruptus Having recently agreed to peen an article for a colleague's medical journal, Becker is disturbed to discover that he seems to be suffering from writer's block. The deadline is fast approaching, and he can't seem to find a place to write in peace. If Becker could only find five minutes to sit down and think through the article, perhaps he could summon the inspiration needed to finish it. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Choose Me Reggie has an extra ticket to the upcoming hockey game between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers. Upon announcing this to the crew, Jake and Becker enter into a heated competition to become the chosen recipient of the coveted ticket. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Physician, Heal Thyself The irascible Becker receives a taste of his own bitter medicine when his back suddenly gives out and he is forced to reach out to Reggie for help. Having recently entered into a heated debate with the outspoken restaurateur, the prospect of asking for her assistance proves especially humbling for the arrogant Bronx medico. Incensed at Reggie's recommendation that he visit an acupuncturist, Becker begins to reconsider when he is left lying on his apartment floor. Later, Margaret discovers that she has a not-so-secret admirer in the form of her love-struck postman. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Partial Law Becker's computer has been stolen from his apartment, and upon learning that his insurance payout won't even cover the cost of a new keyboard he decides to procure a new machine on the cheap. But, as the frustrated medico is about to find out, there are some things that are worth doing right - even if it does mean spending a little extra cash. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Activate Your Choices Becker's ex-wife Sandra is in town for a stop on her book-signing tour, and while the temperamental medico does his best to appear disinterested in the announcement, his attention is peaked upon discovering that a few chapters in Sandra's best-selling self-help book deal with a man she refers to as "Angry Man." As a couple, Becker and Sandra always possessed an explosive chemistry, and when he confronts her over the similarities between himself and "Angry Man" is becomes readily apparent that chemistry is still well in tact. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Limits and Boundaries A patient's mother is in desperate need of someone to look after her two children for the day, and try as he might Becker just can't turn the woman down. Though he reluctantly agrees to play babysitter for the day, he swiftly pawns the children off to Margaret and Linda. Later, when a few hours of watching the kids turns into an all-night sleepover, Becker discovers just how difficult it can be to establish rules with such willful youngsters. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Larry Spoke As Becker attempts to contend with a patient who claims he can speak directly to God, Linda wrestles with whether or not to return a rather spiffy jacket that was mistakenly given to her by her drycleaner. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Becker the Elder Becker's estranged father Fred has dropped in for an unannounced visit, charming the hospital staff and irritating his tempestuous son. In contrast to his uptight son, Fred is a laid-back and jovial old man who gets along quite easily with others. And though Becker seems to want nothing to do with his outwardly amicable dad, Fred is determined to put aside their differences and reconnect. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: P.C. World When a local reporter eavesdrops on an argument between Dr. Becker and a man at the diner, he seems the outspoken medico's comments politically incorrect and pens a scathing article condemning such outbursts. Though Dr. Becker does his best to let the situation simply play itself out, the self-serving reporter crosses the line when he appears on a local talk-radio show and continues his tirade. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: My Boyfriend's Back Reggie goes out with an old flame (Larry Poindexter) who is building a hospital in the area. Meanwhile, John fumes over his former research partner's patent for anti-wrinkle cream ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Shovel Off to Buffalo John accidentally receives two plane tickets to Chicago when he agrees to speak at a conference, so he takes Reggie with him. Meanwhile, Bob takes over as cook at the diner in Reggie's absence. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Point of Contact Becker saves a woman (Kim Darby) from choking and then fears for his life when he takes her continual gratitude for stalking. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Imm-oral Fixations Becker is grumpier than usual after he decides to quit smoking, but he gets a lift from Reggie's friend (Marjorie Monaghan), an ex-smoker who tells him the only substitute that worked for her was sex. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Love! Lies! Bleeding! Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Becker's doubts about the existence of true love only seem to be confirmed when he treats a man whose wife has stabbed him with a fork, contends with a teen intent on getting a vasectomy, attempts to treat a woman with severe allergies to roses, and witnesses Linda terminate a relationship all within the span of one day. Later that night, a surprising hospital visit causes the cynical doctor to soften his stance on the issue and begin to understand what Valentine's Day means to couples who are truly, deeply in love. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: Truth and Consequences Accepting an invitation to his cousin Barry's house for dinner, Becker quickly realizes that Barry and his wife are experiencing some serious marital problems. When Becker accidentally lets it slip that Barry once had an affair, an already awkward dinner becomes downright tense. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Becker: The Roast That Ruined Them Liz wants to throw a party and John reluctantly agrees to host it, but they have trouble finding anyone who wants to attend a party at John's place. Meanwhile, Reggie fears that her new boyfriend from college is too young for her. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Old Yeller John buys a motorcycle in a vain attempt to recapture his youth, after some people make comments suggesting that he's getting old. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: All the Rage A judge sentences John to attend an anger-management class after he insults two police officers. Meanwhile, Linda invites Bob to move in with her---much to everyone else's dismay. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: The Film Critic No synopsis available. Becker: SuperBob No synopsis available. Becker: Panic on the 86th Floor Reggie's celebration after earning an A in her psychology class turns to panic when she considers her uncertain future; and John entertains one of his neighbors, who turns out to be a hooker. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: For Whom the Toll Calls John is determined to have the phone company remove a long-distance charge on his bill that he claims shouldn't be there; Reggie is upset when she isn't invited to a friend's wedding; Bob listens to motivational tapes in order to land a job. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: The Bearer of Bad Tidings John agrees to take on a vacationing doctor's patients and one of them dies. Meanwhile, Linda tries to comfort a friend (M. Darlene Hunt) who won't leave the office, and Reggie and Jake trade barbs during a slow time in the diner. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: One Angry Man John fumes when he can't get out of jury duty and then can't get picked to actually serve on a jury; Jake gets a dog. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Sight Unseen Jake asks out a friendly young woman (Heidi Mokrycki), only to break up with her after he learns that she's also blind; Margaret tries to discover why a grouchy patient likes everyone but her. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Crosstalk John gets into an argument with a priest (John Mahoney) over whose hands a patient is really in---God's or the doctor's; Reggie, Jake and Bob take a gamble on the stock market. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Cooked Liz is offered a job in Chicago, which prompts John to tell her how he feels about her. He quickly regrets doing it, fearing he'll lose his freedom. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: The Rumor A rumor starts that John is dying when he suddenly begins eating healthy food and tries to control his temper. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: Beckerethics No synopsis available. Becker: Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em No synopsis available. Becker: Dr. Angry Head No synopsis available. Becker: Margaret's Dream No synopsis available. Becker: One Wong Move No synopsis available. Becker: What Indifference a Day Makes No synopsis available. Becker: The Usual Suspects No synopsis available. Becker: The Wrong Man No synopsis available. Becker: The Hypocritic Oath John's waiting room turns into a maze of boxes when Linda orders too many supplies; Reggie becomes attracted to a much younger student and Margaret learns that a former patient died and has included her in her will. ~ Tim Holland, All Movie Guide Becker: 2001 1/2: A Graduation Odyssey No synopsis available. Becker: The More You Know No synopsis available. Becker: The Ugly Truth No synopsis available. Becker: Elder Hostile No synopsis available. Becker: You Say Gay Son, I Say Godson No synopsis available. Becker: Nocturnal Omissions No synopsis available. Becker: The Tor-Mentor No synopsis available. Becker: Sue You No synopsis available. Becker: Heart Breaker No synopsis available. Becker: The Trouble with Harry No synopsis available. Becker: The Princess Cruise No synopsis available. Becker: Pretty Poison No synopsis available. Becker: Small Wonder No synopsis available. Becker: Trials and Defibrillations No synopsis available.
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