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Today in Movie History: May 9

Alfred Hitchcock had his share of classics, and I confess that there are one or two I prefer to this one. But when talk comes around to the greatest movies of all time, Vertigo is usually a prime contender. Jimmy Stewart’s performance may stand as a career best, and Hitchcock’s incursion into forbidden and frankly terrifying corners of the human psyche …

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Today in Movie History: December 26

Dealing with relatives during the holidays can make you feel possessed… that might be why Warners scored one of its biggest successes of all with with The Exorcist, a film I suspect you all are familiar with. It opened today in 1973, keeping the Christmas spirit alive for one and all. It shares the release date with one of the great romantic …

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Today in Movie History: December 15

Man, there are some big movies  released today. We’re going to start with the grim one: one of the most important movies of all time, a chilling testament to the Holocaust, and demonstrative artistic validation for one of the greatest directors ever. Schindler’s List opened today in 1993. Above and beyond its merits as cinema, its success led to the …

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Today in Movie History: October 19

In light of the political shitstorm currently eating our country alive, the soothing balm of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington can do a lot of good for your blood pressure. Jimmy Stewart is pitch-perfect as a naïve young man appointed to a U.S. Senate seat, who does pitched battle against the systematic corruption trying to mold him to its whim. Of course, …

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Today in Movie History: October 13

It’s a really big day today, starting with the banner release of two bona fide classics on the same day. The sentimental favorite is Harvey, based on a smash play that gave Jimmy Stewart one of his most beloved roles. There’s something about him credibly holding the screen with an invisible six-foot rabbit that may or may not exist that speaks …

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Today in Movie History: June 1

Though it didn’t foster a full-bore revival of the Hollywood musical, Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! succeeded in updating the baggy old genre for an entirely new generation. Luhrmann’s trademark attention span deficit and the expert addition of modern pop songs into the mix turned an exercise in empty style into a beloved modern classic, and while I struggle with the film’s abrupt …

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Let There Be Light: John Huston’s Wartime Documentaries Blu-ray Review

Review by Robert T. Trate Starring: James Stewart, Walter Huston Directed by: John Huston Running time: 281 minutes Year of release: 1942-1946 Rating: NR World War II documentaries are certainly nothing new. The era has been examined over and over again as a turning point in not just the American Culture, but in shaping the world. There are so many now, that …