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The 10 Best Films of 2015

By any standard, 2015 produced a bumper crop of quality films. While Hollywood’s obsession with franchises continued unabated and observers decried the continued homogenization of movie culture, the filmmakers themselves found ways to upend the popular perception. Personal voices found a way to wiggle into summer blockbusters, while smaller films found their share of razzle dazzle to turn our heads. …

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Today in Movie History: December 25

Cat People (1942) Surprisingly enough, Christmas Day has become a big day to go to the movies. The date itself has served as a convenient launching pad for potential Oscar contenders, and there were some good ones among the pretenders: To Kill a Mockingbird was released in 1962 and My Fair Lady in 1964. More recently, the musical version of Les Miserables opened in 2012, …

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Today in Movie History: December 17

12 years ago today, Peter Jackson’s Return of the King arrived in theaters: eventually winning 11 Oscars, cementing our current franchise-heavy cinematic culture and finally validating fantasy movies as an undeniable art form. It’s actually an auspicious date for fantasy movies: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal came out on the same day in 1982, moving the celebrated puppeteer beyond the …

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Today in Movie History: December 10

“Nothing is written…” In your drop-the-mike moment for this week, Lawrence of Arabia was released in theaters in 1962. That should leave it all alone on the podium for today, but we’ll squeeze in room for one more: Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Sleuth, released this day in 1972. With a pair like that, we really shouldn’t squeeze in any more… Okay, …

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Today in Movie History: December 3

We’re back after a longer-than-anticipated Thanksgiving hiatus. Today marks the release of a several notable films, many of them Oscar winners. John Ford delivered what many consider to be the definitive Wyatt Earp movie (sorry Val Kilmer fans) with My Darling Clementine in 1946. With Creed making so many waves, it’s worth noting that the original Rocky opened across the …

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Blu-ray Review: Cooties

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Petrad, Ian Brennan, Jorge Garcia and Cooper Roth Directed by: Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion Running time: 88 Minutes Year of release: 2015 More than anything else Cooties represents a cathartic scream for anyone who’s ever had to teach elementary school. Obviously every teacher needs to be fair …