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Today in Movie History: November 2

Oscar bait tends to do a lot of hand-wringing about social causes, but in the case of Roland Joffe’s The Killing Fields, it’s more than just the musings of limousine liberals. It depicts the fall of Cambodia to the Khmer Rouge and the horror show that followed, bringing the human cost of nationwide slaughter into sharp relief through the intimate relationships …

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Today in Movie History: August 21

The top spot today belongs to An American Werewolf in London: John Landis’s groundbreaking horror-comedy that deftly redefined the genre. Aided by Rick Baker’s Oscar-winning make-up effects (and a transformation scene that may never be topped), it routinely dukes it out with the immortal The Wolfman for the greatest werewolf movie ever made. It opened today in 1981, and please people: whatever you …

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Today in Movie History: March 6

There are good movies, there are great movies, and then there are movies that have become indispensable parts of the pop culture language. We didn’t think The Big Lebowski would join them, at least initially. It felt like a goofy one-off from the Coen Brothers: blowing off steam after the triumph of Fargo. Turns out, their shaggy-dog take on Raymond Chandler mysteries …

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Movies for the Resistance: Mother Night

(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 the inexplicable, …

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Today in Movie History: January 16

January movies usually consist of either Christmas hits playing out their run, Oscar contenders going wide, or embarrassing monster movies the studios are hoping to quietly dump. Every now and then, however, one of those last types steps up and surprises you. Case in point: Fallen, a nifty little supernatural thriller that sends Denzel Washington’s cop on the trail of a killer with …

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Movie Review: Atomic Blonde

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, Eddie Marsan, Toby Jones and John Goodman Directed by: David Leitch Running time: 115 Minutes   There’s a very cool movie somewhere inside Atomic Blonde. It just doesn’t come out often enough. Slick spy thrillers with this particular tone don’t come along very often – balancing gritty thrills against more stylish …

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Trumbo Blu-Ray Review

Review by Robert T. Trate Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Michael Stuhlbarg, David James Elliott, Louis C.K., John Goodman, Elle Fanning, Stephen Root Directed by: Jay Roach Running time: 124 minutes Year of release: 2015 Rating: R For this critic, there is nothing better than a movie about the making of movies. I am not talking about documentaries. Too often, …