January 2014 movies, part 2 of 2:

10. (547.) What! No Beer? (1933)
I've never liked Jimmy Durante. This movie doesn't help. Buster Keaton tries to rescue this slapstick farce, but it's not his best work, either.

11. (548.) Midnight (1939)
I'm often on the fence about screwball comedies. They tend to be a little too silly for my taste. This is better than most, thanks mostly to some snappy dialogue by Billy Wilder.

12. (549.) Penguin Pool Murder (1932)
Do you ever watch a movie and wonder "what were they thinking to cast that person"? This is one of those. The protagonist is — not unlikable so much as unlikely.

13. (550.) Salinger (2013)
The first documentary of the year! This would probably be a good time to mention that I HATE Catcher in the Rye. I now don't see a whole lot to like about its author, either.

14. (551.) These Are the Damned (1963)
This British B-picture doesn't do a very good job intermingling its A and B plots. It could probably be greatly improved with a better edit.

15. (552.) Rollercoaster (1977)
George Segal must save America from a mad rollercoaster bomber! A fun thriller, only slightly more plausible than Black Sunday or its ilk.

16. (553.) It's a Great Feeling (1949)
If not for the ending, this might as well be an in-house promotion for Warner Brothers' stable of talent. It's amusing, if a bit scatter shot. The moral of the story is that you'd be happier staying at home than running off and joining the circus in Hollywood. Amusing.

17. (554.) Dolphin Tale (2011)
Sappy, sappy, sappy. Free Willy for Millennials.

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