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Today in Movie History: December 5

Eddie Murphy was already a face to watch after his dynamic presence on Saturday Night Live and a pair of films (48 HRS and Trading Places) that partnered him with more established stars. Then came Beverly Hills Cop, putting Murphy front and center in the spotlight for the first time and turning into a monster hit in the process. It’s absolute …

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Today in Movie History: October 6

We’ve got a couple of Oscar winners today. We’ll start with the one that nabbed the big prize: The Departed, a solid gangster epic about loyalty and betrayal based on an equally good Asian film called Infernal Affairs. In any other year, it would have been notable, but not Best Picture material. However, since it was directed by Martin Scorsese, …

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Today in Movie History: August 3

Tom Clancy’s ubiquitous hero Jack Ryan has been played by four different actors and counting, but I think most would agree that Harrison Ford’s turn remains the most compelling. (The Angry Finger is tough to counter.) After taking over the reins with Patriot Games, he scored a second winner with Clear and Present Danger, a story about the failure of the drug …

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Today in Movie History: June 14

When talking about underrated franchises, the Jason Bourne films might be at the top of the list. They don’t have the profile of James Bond or the MCU, but with a fifth entry on the way, they established a reasonably high standard of quality that belies their airport paperback originals. Credit for that goes both to directors like Doug Liman …