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Sheila O’Malley

Sheila O’Malley is a regular critic for RogerEbert.com and has a biweekly column at FilmComment.com. Her personal site is the Sheila Variations.

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Dance, Girl, Dance: Gotta Dance
Dance, Girl, Dance: Gotta Dance

Pioneering Hollywood filmmaker Dorothy Arzner brought a rare feminist sensibility to this backstage drama that explores the role of ambition, friendship, and love in the lives of two dancers.

By Sheila O’Malley

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The Great Escape: Not Caught
The Great Escape: Not Caught

John Sturges’s POW drama is an ode to ingenuity and cooperation that anticipated a wave of demythologizing war films.

By Sheila O’Malley

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The Hot-Blooded Love Cry at the Cold Heart of Badlands

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The Hot-Blooded Love Cry at the Cold Heart of Badlands

Mickey & Sylvia’s 1956 hit “Love Is Strange” injects a hint of lustful energy into a screen romance that is otherwise unsettlingly detached.

By Sheila O’Malley

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Something Wild: Last Chances
Something Wild: Last Chances

Jack Garfein’s no-holds-barred account of sexual assault and trauma captures the volatile sensibility of the Actors Studio.

By Sheila O’Malley

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The Long Shadow of Gilda
The Long Shadow of Gilda

In Gilda, Charles Vidor’s “violent, sexual, chaotic” noir, the director focused on Rita Hayworth’s skills as an actor and a dancer, eliciting a performance that became iconic in its own right and made her an international superstar.


By Sheila O’Malley

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