THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950)

Maybe the first great heist movie, for me it still works just as well today as it did 70 years ago.

THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA (1937)

A very old-fashioned biopic (sort of) about a French writer and his fight to save an army officer wrongly accused of treason. I found myself drawn in despite myself.

DUCK SOUP (1933)

The Marx Brothers got the most freedom of their careers and used it to skewer patriotism, fascism, and war as bum deals for suckers.