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Today in Movie History: August 5

For countless millions of couples, From Here to Eternity represented the epitome of passion and romance. Many of them also found out the hard way that making out on the beach while the tide comes in is a lot less sexy than it looks. The movie opened today in 1953. Exactly thirty years later, we were treated to an interesting, dark and surprisingly complex teen …

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Today in Movie History: August 4

Then someone said, “hey, let’s do a movie about a talking pig in a barnyard who doesn’t want to get turned into pork chops. Not, not Charlotte’s Web, but close. And it will be wise and delightful and poignant, and it will make us all love James Cromwell until the day we die.” That man was director Chris Noonan (with …

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Today in Movie History: August 3

Tom Clancy’s ubiquitous hero Jack Ryan has been played by four different actors and counting, but I think most would agree that Harrison Ford’s turn remains the most compelling. (The Angry Finger is tough to counter.) After taking over the reins with Patriot Games, he scored a second winner with Clear and Present Danger, a story about the failure of the drug …

Heat of the Night

Today in Movie History: August 2

We have two movies about the night, and what happens in them on this date. We’ll start with In the Heat of the Night Hollywood’s always-late-to-the-party attempt to discuss the changing face of race relations in America. Though straightforward and by-the-numbers in many ways, Norman Jewison’s murder mystery plot — in which a black Philadelphia detective (Sidney Poitier) is tasked …