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Today in Movie History: March 5

It’s a quiet day post Oscars, with a couple of interesting (but not necessarily great) films to note. The first is Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton’s wildly profitable “sequel” to the original Lewis Carroll story. It is, to put it mildly, a mixed bag. Stand-out performances and Burton’s wild imagination (to say nothing of a fantastic theme from Danny Elfman) clash badly …

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Today in Movie History: December 21

There’s no question which movie tops our charts today: Walt Disney premiered Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on this date in 1937, and transformed the entire animation field as a result. 80 years later, it’s still the greatest cartoon of all time: a stunning triumph in every sense of the word, cementing Disney’s fortunes and single-handedly creating the animated feature …

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Movies for the Resistance: Les Miserables (2012)

(Welcome to Movies for the Resistance, a weekly column intended to showcase films with particular pertinence for 2017. One of the fundamental purposes of art in general, and movies in particular, is to serve as a spiritual armory: bringing hope, timely lessons and shared experiences when times are dark. They can move us to positive political action, lend insight to …