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Today in Movie History: October 27

Amid the late kerfuffle over Darren Aronofsky’s mother!, we are reminded that deeply disturbing movies are kind of his thing. Case in point: Requiem for a Dream, arguably his greatest film that nevertheless turns multiple viewings into an exercise in sadism. Aronofsky set out to create the final cinematic word on drug addiction. The results are so agonizing to watch that even hard-core …

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Today in Movie History: September 1

September is traditionally a dumping ground for bad movies, with the summer season over, the kids back in school and Oscar contenders waiting until later in the fall to kick off their relentless toadying for Academy approval. But we’ve got a few gems in there, and we’ll start with one of the best ever: Rear Window, in which a bored photojournalist (Jimmy …

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Today in Movie History: January 7

And then came that moment when we found ourselves staring eyeball to eyeball with the Nicolas-Cage-needs-money turd Season of the Witch — released today in 2011 — and said “what the heck, we’ll start the column with it!” We’re not proud, but there it is. (Incidentally, today is also Cage’s birthday. We hope he celebrates by watching one of his …