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Today in Movie History: April 11

There’s good musicals, there’s great musicals… and then there’s Singin’ in the Rain. Stanley Donan’s ode to the Golden Age of Hollywood and the hilarity that ensues when a silent movie studio makes the transition to sound stands as a testament to everything the genre should be. Gene Kelly received co-director credit for choreographing the dance scenes — topped by the …

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Phantom Thread: Blu-Ray Review

Review by Robert Trate Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville Written by: Paul Thomas Anderson Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson Original Year of Release: 2017 Run Time: 130 minutes Rated: R From the director of There will be Blood comes the story of a 1950’s renowned dressmaker, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis). The film was an Oscar contender the second …

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Today in Movie History: April 10

1981 was a banner year for science fiction, fantasy and horror movies… perhaps more than 1982, which is usually cited as the high water mark for genre cinema. Two of that year’s bumper crop were released today. First up, Excalibur: John Boorman’s ambitious attempt to cover the entire Arthur legend from conception to death. Its reach exceeds its grasp more than …

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Today in Movie History: April 6

In all honesty, we prefer John Carpenter’s version of The Thing, to the original Thing from Another World. It sticks more closely to the short story that inspired them both and finds an existential terror that the first film can’t match. (Seriously: best horror movie of all time.) That said, the original — directed by Christian Nyby with a clear assist (at the …

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Today in Movie History: April 4

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has changed the face of movies, and no entry stands higher in public estimation than Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It throws Chris Evans’ star-spangled superhero against a dark conspiracy that reaches to the highest halls of power, even engulfing his old pal Bucky (Sebastian Stan), brainwashed into becoming an unstoppable assassin. It opened today in 2014. …

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Today in Movie History: April 3

Some movies tower so high that simply to mention them is to take the breath away. So it its with 2001: A Space Odyssey. 50 years on — with countless screenings, analyses, critical evaluations, and drug-induced hallucinations in the interim — we’re still pondering the imponderables of Stanley Kubrick’s monumental achievement. An unanswerable mystery and an all-encompassing revelation; a warning against our …

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Today in Movie History: April 2

We have a couple of entries form the same day in 1982 today. Paul Schrader’s Cat People took on the unenviable task of remaking the 1942 horror classic, and created a more sensual and overtly adult take on the same material. Nastassia Kinski stars as a young woman whose heritage may entail a certain feline quality, along with a creepy brother (Malcolm …