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Today in Movie History: April 28

Two movies on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum opened today. We’ll start with Woody Allen, whose Bananas doesn’t have quite the same critical heft as some of his other works, but it’s loads of fun for those attuned to Allen’s nebbish shtick and enjoys an enduring reputation among his fans. It opened today in 1971. And then there’s United 93, Paul Greengrass’s gut-wrenching …

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Today in Movie History: April 25

We’re going to start with one of our favorite romances of all time: Amelie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s masterpiece of dreamlike whimsy that reminded us to embrace love with the same gusto with which we embrace life. It opened in its native France today in 2001. For a grande romance a little closer to home, there’s Woody Allen’s Manhattan. Though drenched in the creepy overtones …

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Today in Movie History: April 20

Star Wars may have changed the face of movies in 1977, but the year’s other most notable film had plenty of staying power as well. Annie Hall, the pinnacle of Woody Allen’s nebbish shtick, ended up scooping Star Wars at the Oscars, and today remains one of the most beloved comedies ever made. Speaking of great comedies, Edgar Wright scored a monster hit with Shaun …