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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 24

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We’ve got a brief bevy of minor films of note for your Turkey Day, starting with King Solomon’s Mines, a fine adventure saga based on the 19th century novel of the same name. The film is notable for shooting in authentic African locations, and also for its surprisingly sensitive portrayal of the local Masai tribes, including renditions …

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Today in Movie History: November 23

It was a quiet day in movie history, but we still had a few notable releases. Elvis Presley serenaded Juliet Prowse in one of his better offerings, G.I. Blues, opening this day in 1960. More recently, we learned WAY more about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lady parts than we ever wanted to know (as well as being reminded yet again how awesome …

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Today in Movie History: November 22

It’s another big day for the movies, starting with a trio of modern classics from the Disney/Pixar brain trust. I have high hopes for the live-action movie coming out next year, but even with Emma Watson in the lead, it’s going to be hard to top the animated version of Beauty and the Beast: hands-down one of the greatest animated …

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Today in Movie History: November 21

Hollywood loves its monsters and we’ve seen our share of great ones over the years. At the end of the day, however, they all fall in line behind one indisputable champion. The one and only Frankenstein opened today in 1931. I doubt the Hunger Games will expand beyond the three books and four films that have already been made. The …

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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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Today in Movie History: November 17

We’re starting with something from the “everything old is new again” file. The Marx Brothers had their share of comedy classics, but many consider their greatest work to be Duck Soup. It highlights the absurdity of authoritarian governments, with the boys’ rollicking chaos presented as a counterpoint to the methodical, planned chaos created by despotic regimes. Can’t imagine why that might …

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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 …