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Movie Review: Bridget Jones’s Baby

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Sarah Solemani, Sally Phillips, Shirley Henderson, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones and Emma Thompson Directed by: Sharon MaGuire Running time: 122 Minutes Year of release: 2016 Hollywood has always thrived as a purveyor of comfort food, and comfort food can come in a surprising number of flavors. So the prospect of a …

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Today in Movie History: September 16

I’ll be honest with you: sometimes the bad ones are much more fun to talk about than the good ones. Case in point: Mommie Dearest, the Joan Crawford “biopic” based on the tell-all book from her abused daughter who dished about what a horrible monster the woman was behind the scenes. The movie endures as a camp classic, notable mainly …

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Today in Movie History: September 15

Cameron Crowe has had his ups and downs as a filmmaker, but Almost Famous remains his most personal and heartfelt. Based loosely on his experiences as a (very young) rock journalist in the 70s, it follows a precocious teenager (Patrick Fugit) who finds himself in the inner circle of a successful band on the road. It’s sweet, funny and very …

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Today in Movie History: September 14

I’m going to go with the classy ones first today, though my pulpy little heart desperately years in another direction. But David Cronenberg scored a quietly amazing coup with Eastern Promises, a film that combines his creepy atmosphere, fascination with bio-mechanical fusion and a capacity for brutal violence into one of the best films he’s ever made. The power of his …

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Today in Movie History: September 13

After the immortal Seven Samurai, the Akira Kurosawa movie that most influenced western filmmakers is probably Yojimbo: the story of a scruffy, amoral ronin (Toshiro Mifune, natch) who wanders into a town beset by rival gangs, and solves the problem by methodically pitting them against each other. Kurosawa was inspired by the Dashiell Hammett novel Red Harvest, and his work served as the basis …

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Today in Movie History: September 12

Academics tend to cite Rules of the Game as Jean Renoir’s indisputable masterpiece, but I much prefer La Grande Illusion, his tale of French soldiers plotting an escape from a German POW camp during the First World War. The strange fluidity of their bonds gives their relationship real heft, and Renoir’s observations about class and prejudice are sharp, sad and always true …

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Today in Movie History: September 5

It’s a pretty quiet day today… save for one very special film. Orson Welles was all of 24 years old when RKO Pictures handed him the keys to the kingdom. He only produced one movie with the freedom he was promised before the studio decided he was an active menace and shut him down. Their decision ranks as one of the eternal …