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Today in Movie History: March 26

Concert films don’t get a whole lot of critical respect, though there are a few notable exceptions. One of them is Woodstock, Michael Wadleigh’s sprawling account of the ubiquitous music festival in 1969. Seven editors were employed to distill three days of peace and music into a single three-hour motion picture, including Martin Scorsese and Scorsese’s own long-time editor Thelma Schoonmacher. The film …

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Movies for the Resistance: Ghostbusters (2016)

(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 …

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Today in Movie History: May 13

A quiet day today — the weeks before Memorial Day usually are — but we’re gonna celebrate one recent number. Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids is notable not just because it’s a very funny movie, but because it stuck a fork in one of Hollywood’s more cerished bits of mysoginistic hogwash: that women can’t do comedy and that movies comedies centered around …