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Today in Movie History: July 31

It’s big day for the 80s, topped by 30th anniversary parties for a pair of era staples. We’ll start with The Lost Boys, Joel Schumacher’s teen vampire romp that became an indispensable shared experience for Generation X. I’ll be honest: it’s not great, especially when compared to Kathryn Bigelow’s brilliant Near Dark which came out the same year. But Schumacher did find a dangerous vibe …

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Movie Review: Atomic Blonde

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, Eddie Marsan, Toby Jones and John Goodman Directed by: David Leitch Running time: 115 Minutes   There’s a very cool movie somewhere inside Atomic Blonde. It just doesn’t come out often enough. Slick spy thrillers with this particular tone don’t come along very often – balancing gritty thrills against more stylish …

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Today in Movie History: July 28

Three big movies today, and I’m choosing to start with Animal House, the seminal frat-house comedy that unleashed a torrent of raunchy imitators, none of which had one-tenth of its iconoclasm, wit or gut-busting ability to make us laugh over and over again. Its credentials are unimpeachable, from director John Landis to writers Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman to a fantastic ensemble …

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Today in Movie History: July 26

I was the exact wrong age for Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure when it first came out: 13 and oh so ready to stop being a kid. But every other age should be delighted by Pee-Wee’s ramshackle journey to find his beloved bicycle: reminding us in his unique Pee-Wee way to look at the world the way a child does from time to …

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Movies for the Resistance: Dunkirk

(Welcome to Movies for the Resistance, a weekly column intended to showcase films with particular pertinence for 2017. One of the fundamental purposes of art in general, and movies in particular, is to serve as a spiritual armory: bringing hope, timely lessons and shared experiences when times are dark. They can move us to positive political action, lend insight to …

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Today in Movie History: July 25

We’ll start with the greatest golf movie ever made, the greatest movie featuring a gopher puppet ever made, and the 34th greatest stick-it-to-the-Man comedy ever made. We’re talking about Caddyshack and it opened today in 1980. I used to marvel at how Stephen King could crank out 10,000 words a day without breaking a sweat. Turns out, he was loopy on …

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Free Fire: Blu-Ray Review

Review by: Robert Trate Starring: Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson Written by: Amy Jump (screenplay), Ben Wheatley (screenplay) Directed by: Ben Wheatley Original Year of Release: 2017 Run Time: 90 minutes Rated: R The trailer for Free Fire is what hooked me. An illegal deal, for whatever reason, goes horribly wrong. In a lot of ways, I was hoping that the …

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Today in Move History: July 24

The pole position today unquestionably goes to Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg’s ode to the Greatest Generation with a permanent spot on the short list of his absolute masterpieces. The bravura opening sequence remains one of the most harrowing depictions of combat ever put on film (emulated by fellow directors for decades), and the story that unfolds afterwards depicts the grunt’s eye …