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Today in Movie History: May 22

The summer season traditionally kicked off on Memorial Day weekend, with the pre-planned 600-lb. gorilla du jour grabbing the pole position every year. Unfortunately, that meant a lot of high-end sequels of dubious quality landing in late May: notable more  for failing to meet expectations than advancing whatever the franchise in question was. Yet all of them remain interesting… as cinematic …

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Today in Movie History: April 1

For April Fool’s Day, the releases today haven’t been very funny… Euthanasia Day notwithstanding. Speaking of which, we begin with Death Race 2000, Paul Bartel’s beautifully loopy dystopian car chase movie that became a cult classic. If you’re only familiar with this story through the guilty-pleasure of a Jason Statham remake, you owe it to yourself to take a look. …

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Creed: Blu-ray Review

Review by Robert T. Trate Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad Directed by: Ryan Coogler Written by: Ryan Coogler (screenplay), Aaron Covington (screenplay), Sylvester Stallone (characters) Running time: 133 minutes Year of release: 2015 Rating:  PG-13 Sometimes it takes perspective, time and a whole new generation to tell the next installment. Who else would be willing to tackle the …

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Today in Movie History: December 3

We’re back after a longer-than-anticipated Thanksgiving hiatus. Today marks the release of a several notable films, many of them Oscar winners. John Ford delivered what many consider to be the definitive Wyatt Earp movie (sorry Val Kilmer fans) with My Darling Clementine in 1946. With Creed making so many waves, it’s worth noting that the original Rocky opened across the …