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Movies for the Resistance: The Devil’s Advocate

(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 …

StandbyMe

Today in Movie History: August 8

Rob Reiner was still known as a comedic filmmaker when he tackled Stand by Me, based on a nostalgic Stephen King story that ran dead-set against the author’s own reputation as a scare master. It turned out to be one of the best King adaptations to date, with strong performances from a very young Wil Wheaton, Jerry O’Connell, Corey Feldman and …

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Dunkirk Soundtrack Review

Review by: Robert Trate Composer: Hans Zimmer Distributor: WaterTower Music Tracks: 11 Tracks Run Time: 60 Minutes Dunkirk makes the sixth collaboration between director Christopher Nolan and composer Hans Zimmer. The duo is best known for their dynamic presentation and rebirth of the Batman franchise, best known now as The Dark Knight Trilogy. Yet, those three scores would not receive any Oscar nominations for …

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Today in Movie History: August 7

The Western, as a genre, has supposedly been on death’s door since Heaven’s Gate, though it has continued in fits and starts, and still sees its share of memorable films crop up. None rose higher than Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood’s farewell to the genre that made him famous, and easily one of the greatest films on his impressive resume. It explores notions of violence …

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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

Jason Bourne has been through his ups and downs at the moves. Yet it’s important to note just how improbably successful this series has been overall: turning a turgid series of bestselling airport paperbacks into the most muscular and credible spy franchise since James Bond. Director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon deserve the lion’s share of the credit for that. …

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 …

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Movies for the Resistance: Apocalypse Now

(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: August 1

One of the brilliant things about directors like Alfred Hitchcock is how their work evolves over time… and in this case, how his work in England differs from his work in Hollywood. The 39 Steps makes an outstanding example of earlier efforts informing later triumphs. This one follows one of the master’s standard scenarios — the innocent man wrongly accused —  into a …