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Today in Movie History: November 25

We’ll begin Black Friday with a winner for the holiday weekend: Planes, Trains and Automobiles, director John Hughes’ foray into “grown-up” comedy after cutting his teeth on the likes of Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It’s a marvelous bit of slapstick, thanks mostly to the comic chemistry between Steve Martin and the late John Candy as a pair of businessmen trying …

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Today in Movie History: November 18

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) “I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing,” Walt Disney famously said. “That it was all started by a mouse.” His little buddy Mickey got his start in the motion picture business today in 1928 with the release of Steamboat Willie. 87 years later, the little guy shows no signs …

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Blu-ray Review: Hell or High Water

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, and Gil Brimingham Directed by: David Mackenzie Running time: 102 minutes Year of release: 2016 “Now what I know about is Texas. And down here, you’re on your own…” — M. Emmet Walsh, Blood Simple   There’s just something about Texas that lends itself to dark meditations and expressions of rebellion: the …

Today in Movie History: November 11

  Roustabout (1964) On this Veteran’s Day, we saw a trio of Best Picture winners first released in theaters. True to form, the Academy decided to honor Gentleman’s Agreement in 1947… because being denied entrance to a country club was the worst thing Jewish people have ever had to deal with. The Oscars did better in 1951 by selecting An …