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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: November 5

We’re starting today with a pair of very different superhero movies. The obvious candidate for the pole position is The Incredibles, Brad Bird’s marvelous riff on the Fantastic Four that posits a super-powered family trying to blend into suburban life after costumed heroes are declared illegal. It’s typically brilliant work from Bird and helped Pixar set the standard for animation …

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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 …