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  • Sugartime

    Sugartime

    ★★½

    The love affair of a fool (Mary Louise Parker as singer Phyllis McGuire) and a jerk (John Tutturo as mobster Sam Giancana). This sludge-paced HBO drama plays like a toothless imitation of Scorcese’s Goodfellas/Casino cycle. OK production design and atmosphere helps slightly.

  • Gallopin' Gals

    Gallopin' Gals

    ★★★½

    A group of gossipy mares prepare for a big race. The gags come at a mile a minute in this clever cartoon. Excellent vehicle for voice actresses Bea Benaderet, Sarah Berner, Alvia Almond and others. Despite one unfortunate racist “dark horse” joke, this was a clever, overlooked short from William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

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  • Lydia

    Lydia

    ★★★

    Merle Oberon as a worldly, flirtatious Boston blue blood reminiscing over the past loves in her life. Lushly produced and nicely acted romantic melodrama is neither here nor there. I enjoyed it, despite the story and mood having a vague similarity to other, superior films like Mr. Skeffington, Letter from an Unknown Woman, Magnificent Ambersons, even Citizen Kane (maybe it was Joseph Cotten's presence).

  • Dreams Come True

    Dreams Come True

    ★★½

    Not exactly the thrilling sex comedy the poster art implied, but not a waste, either. Dreams Come True was filmed in Wisconsin on a tiny budget with a cast of non-actors. In this low-key drama, a young man discovers he can travel to other places in his dreams. This ability helps enliven his otherwise humdrum life, where he works at a machine factory and cares for his dying, bed-ridden mother. Eventually, he meets an attractive nurse who joins him on…