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Today in Movie History: July 6

Forrest Gump. Forrest Motherfucking Gump. Forrest Crime Against Cinema Gump. Forrest “I’m going to deny the very definitions of human existence as well as snatching the Best Picture Oscar from both Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption to the thunderous applause of a deluded public” Gump. Have you sat down and watched it lately? Actually looked at the unholy fucking thing? …

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Today in Movie History: July 3

The first few days of July are traditionally set for big blockbusters hoping to cash in on the long holiday weekend. Blockbusters rarely stand the test of time, of course, but there are always exceptions. The biggest for this day is Back to the Future, Robert Zemeckis’s iconic time-travel movie that has since become a classic of 80s popcorn cinema. It’s …

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Today in Movie History: June 22

It’s a close call for the top spot today — there’s some big ones — but we’re going to go with Kermit and the gang making their feature film debut with  The Muppet Movie. The irreplaceable Jim Henson turned directing duties over to James Frawley, but the former’s fingerprints are all over it, bolstered by brilliant songs from Paul Williams …

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Today in Movie History: May 24

It’s blockbuster season, so I’ll start with the biggest. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade — widely regarded as the best of the series after the original — benefited from the genius pairing of Harrison Ford’s redoubtable archaeologist with Sean Connery as his fussy, disapproving father. It opened today in 1989. Slightly further down the sequel list, we find Back to …

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Today in Movie History: March 30

It’s all about the 80s today with a trio of iconic films  from that era. No one expected a movie like Beetlejuice to do anything when it first opened. Indeed, the question remains how the darn thing got made in the first place: a second-time director with a truly strange point of view given free rein to pursue his vision, and a star …

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The Walk Movie Review

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Cesar Domboy, Steve Valentine and James Badge Dale Directed by: Robert Zemeckis Running time: 123 Minutes Year of release: 2015 The only real knock against The Walk is that it has to follow an outstanding documentary on the same subject. 2008’s Man on Wire recounts the unbelievable story of Phillippe Petit, a …