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Today in Movie History: December 20

It’s the season for Christmas movies and one of the move beloved of all time hit theaters today. It’s a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra’s surprisingly dark story about a town held together by one man, and what happens when that man starts to doubt himself, opened today in 1946: giving returning G.I.s and a nation weary of war a chance …

In Memoriam: Christopher Lee

Examining the career of Christopher Lee, who died this past weekend at the ripe old age of 93, leaves its staggering length and breadth in awe-inspiring view. He started as a literal spear carrier in Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet, only to finish as the indelible Saruman in a franchise that helped shape the course of 21st century film. That’s almost 70 …