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Today in Movie History: July 14

I’m going to start with the X-Men, less because of what their debut onscreen adventure achieves in and of itself than what it heralded for the future of movies. Marvel Comics adaptations had been mired in direct-to-video mediocrity for decades, and while Wesley Snipes’ Blade was the first of their heroes to achieve mainstream movie success, he was more of an …

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Movies for the Resistance: X-Men — Days of Future Past

(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 2

We’ve got a big one today, and it’s hard to know where to start. In all honesty, though, there’s no getting around the pop culture gorilla in the room. Since The Mummy unofficially pushed the start of blockbuster season from Memorial Day to the start of May, this week on the calendar has been dominated by Marvel movies. In fact, the …

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Today in Movie History: April 10

1981 was a banner year for science fiction, fantasy and horror movies… perhaps moreso even than 1982, which is usually gited as the high water mark for genre cinema. Two of that year’s bumper crop were released today. First up, Excalibur: John Boorman’s ambitious attempt to cover the entire Arthur legend from conception to death. Its reach exceeds its grasp more …

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Today in Movie History: November 22

It’s another big day for the movies, starting with a trio of modern classics from the Disney/Pixar brain trust. I have high hopes for the live-action movie coming out next year, but even with Emma Watson in the lead, it’s going to be hard to top the animated version of Beauty and the Beast: hands-down one of the greatest animated …

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Today in Movie History: November 18

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) “I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing,” Walt Disney famously said. “That it was all started by a mouse.” His little buddy Mickey got his start in the motion picture business today in 1928 with the release of Steamboat Willie. 87 years later, the little guy shows no signs …

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Match: DVD Review

Review by Robert Trate Starring: Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard Directed by: Stephen Belber Running time: 92 Minutes Year of release: 2015 Jeffrey (1995) was the first thing I saw Patrick Stewart in post Star Trek: The Next Generation. I was a huge fan of STTNG because of his performance. As an actor, he grabs you and pulls you …