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Today in Movie History: November 12

We’re starting today with Jane Campion’s The Piano, which gave Holly Hunter the role of a lifetime and launched the career of a very young Anna Paquin. All three women won Oscars for their work here… and it goes without saying that we need more filmmakers like Jane out there! The Piano opened 25 years ago today in 1993. And in keeping with …

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Today in Movie History: July 19

We’ll start with the junkies. Trainspotting, Danny Boyle’s celebrated adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s equally celebrated novel, helped cement the careers not only of Boyle but of many of his cast, including Ewan McGregor (never better), Robert Carlyle and Kelly MacDonald. It also showed a side of Scotland rarely seen in the movies, and has become — along with Requiem for …

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Today in Movie History: June 27

Here’s the weird thing about greatness: sometimes, it sneaks up on you even when you know it’s coming. We all knew that Pixar’s WALL*E was going to be brilliant, but THIS brilliant? Like the-best-thing-Pixar-ever-did brillaint? Pixar. PIXAR. And yeah, this scrappy little guy is willing to put up a fight for the #1 spot on that august list. How good was …