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  • The Flying Deuces

    The Flying Deuces

    ★★★

    Inspired by "Stan & Ollie" (which is great), I wanted to watch some Laurel & Hardy and stumbled across this on Amazon Prime. I confess I haven't seen a lot of L&H -- I was always more of a Marx Bros. guy -- so I don't know where this ranks among their work, but their slapstick scenes are excellent. All the scenes they aren't in are lame, which is also how the Marx Bros. movies tended to go.

  • Robin Hood

    Robin Hood

    ★★½

    The latest familiar story to be revised by a narrator who implores us to “forget what [we] think we know” about it is the tale of Robin Hood, captured in “Robin Hood” (not to be confused with the 11+ other films called “Robin Hood,” or the 70+ other films that are about Robin Hood without being titled “Robin Hood”). Directed by one Otto Bathurst, who comes to us from British TV, and written by first-timers Ben Chandler and David James…

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  • Yentl

    Yentl

    ★★★

    Barbra Streisand pretends to be a man so she can go to Bible school. Like most movie characters who cross-dress, she makes no effort whatsoever to talk, sound, or act like a man, relying on the short hair and men's clothing to do all the heavy lifting. (To be fair, it works.) Beautifully filmed, especially Mandy Patinkin. Would probably be better as a comedy.

  • Fast & Furious 6

    Fast & Furious 6

    ★★½

    Near the beginning of “Furious 6,” upon viewing a crime scene that involved a great deal of vehicular mayhem, FBI agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) says, “There’s only one crew in the world that could get this done.” The punchline is that he’s not talking about the Fast and/or Furious team of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and friends, but about another group of automotive-based criminals. In fact, he’s going to need the assistance and expertise of the Fast and/or Furious crew…