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Today in Movie History: May 25

Once upon a time, 20th Century Fox had what they thought was a stinker of a science-fiction film on their hands.  They opened it in a tiny handful of theaters today in 1977, in hopes that it would vanish without causing too much embarassment. The movie was called Star Wars, and I’m pretty sure you can guess what happened next. The game-changing nature of George …

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Today in Movie History: December 29

It was a good day for bad men at the movies, starting with Sergio’s Leone’s legendary The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, released in the U.S. on December 29, 1967. Leone wrapped a strange anti-war message into her farewell to The Man with No Name, as well as providing the great Eli Wallach with his finest role. Sam Peckinpah had …

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Today in Movie History: December 23

  Nothing says Christmas more than Clint Eastwood blowing holes in child-abducting psychopaths. The original Dirty Harry hit theaters today in 1971, bringing holiday cheer and police brutality in equal measures. (Star Trek fans take note: the mad killer in this film was played by Andrew Robinson, who went on to play Garak — one of the coolest Trek characters ever …

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Today in Movie History: December 16

It’s another big day for movies and we’ll start with one of the very biggest: Lawrence of Arabia, David Lean’s breathtaking epic about the Englishman who rallied a nation to his side during World War I, then tried to give them their independence in exchange. You could call it the greatest movie ever made and not be immediately disputed. It …

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The Graduate: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Review by: Robert Trate Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross Directed by: Mike Nichols Written by: Buck Henry (screenplay), Charles Webb (novel) Original Year of Release: 1967 Run Time: 106 minutes Rated: PG Spine #800 Mike Nichols’ The Graduate (1967) is a film we all discover at some point in our lives. You don’t necessarily have to have seen it in the …

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Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 3

Review by Rob Vaux Starring the Voices of: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, JK Simmons, James Hong, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Dustin Hoffman, Randall Duk Kim, Kate Hudson, and Jackie Chan Directed by: Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh Running time: 95 Minutes Year of release: 2016 It’s easy to overpraise a movie like Kung Fu Panda 3, largely because it’s …

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Today in Movie History: December 22

As usual, there’s an eclectic mixture of titles that saw release today, starting with a classic Universal monster picture. Carl Freund’s The Mummy opened in today 1932, featuring Boris Karloff in his second brilliant role for Universal. Today also saw the release of The Mummy’s Curse in 1944: the third sequel of the remake of the original, featuring Lon Chaney, Jr. in …