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Today in Movie History: September 6

Another quiet day, save for two very notable exceptions. Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious, long considered one of his greatest, pits Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant against fugitive Nazis in a tale of romance and danger. Its dark and complex sexual politics helped it stand out from other thrillers of the day, as well as providing Bergman with a welcome alternative to the nice-girl …

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Today in Movie History: December 26

Dealing with relatives during the holidays can make you feel possessed… that might be why Warners scored one of its biggest successes of all with with The Exorcist, a film I suspect you all are familiar with. It opened today in 1973, keeping the Christmas spirit alive for one and all. It shares the release date with one of the great romantic …

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Today in Movie History: October 21

The Right Stuff was billed as a major Oscar contender upon its release, and critics rightfully hailed it as one of the best films of the decade. Its Academy campaign was derailed, however, by the now-absurd premise that it was helping then-senator John Glenn (whom the film depicts) launch a presidential campaign. But its box-office failure and short-handed night at the Oscars …

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Today in Movie History: September 23

Though well-received critically, The Shawshank Redemption failed to generate much heat at the box office, and was swamped at the Oscars by the competing behemoths of Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump. Hourly screenings on TNT changed all of that and today, it’s considered one of the greatest movies of the 1990s… as well as cementing director Frank Darabont’s reputation as …

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Today in Movie History: August 5

For countless millions of couples, From Here to Eternity represented the epitome of passion and romance. Many of them also found out the hard way that making out on the beach while the tide comes in is a lot less sexy than it looks. The movie opened today in 1953. Exactly thirty years later, we were treated to an interesting, dark and surprisingly complex teen …

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Only Angels Have Wings: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Review by: Robert Trate Starring: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Richard Barthelmess, Sig Ruman Directed by: Howard Hawks Written by: Buck Henry (screenplay), Charles Webb (novel) Original Year of Release: 1939 Run Time: 121 minutes Rated: NR Spine #806 When the Criterion Collection announced that Only Angels Have Wings, featuring Cary Grant and directed by Howard Hawks, was …