Historical Circuit: ‘City Slickers’ Finds Comedy Gold

ACCA 1991: Over 25 years old, it's interesting to look at how the studio comedy has changed. Now we have raunchy comedies and action...

Historical Circuit: Ridley Scott’s ‘Thelma and Louise’ is Still Going After All These Years

There's a moment near the end of "Thelma and Louise" where the infamous duo must make a choice. One says to the other, "Let's...

Historical Circuit: The Enduring Legacy of John Singleton’s Poignant ‘Boyz n the Hood’

ACCA 1991: During the recently concluded awards season, the Hollywood Reporter published an interesting article in honor of the success of "Get Out". In...

Historical Circuit: ‘JFK’ Remains Oliver Stone’s Crowning Directorial Achievement

ACCA 1991: An historically questionable paranoid thriller about the assassination of a President that runs over three hours, there's no reason why "JFK" should...

Historical Circuit: ‘Bugsy’ Still Holds Its Own 27 Years Later

The Academy Awards honoring movies from the 1991 film-year were the fourth I had sat through as a young movie-lover (save me your old...

Historical Circuit: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Remains a Timeless Classic

ACCA 1991: Tale as old as time. Song as old as rhyme. “Beauty and the Beast” remains a timeless high mark of Disney animation....

Historical Circuit: ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ Is A Masterful Madhouse That Shows Its...

ACCA 1991: In the spring of 1991, the late, great Jonathan Demme served up a cinematic dish of supreme deviancy that few would recover...

Historical Review: ‘Donnie Darko’ Remains a Thought-Provoking and Satirical Masterpiece the Third Time Around

Richard Kelly’s first film, "Donnie Darko" (2001), is among cinema's more impressive debuts. Though the then 26-year-old writer and director’s film was a box...

Historical Review: Bel Powley Carries ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ on Her Shoulders

The autobiographical graphic novel, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” written by Phoebe Gloeckner, was adapted by Marielle Heller, who wrote the screenplay and directed...

TCM Announces Month-Long Slapstick Comedy Programming Special

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will pay tribute to pratfalls and double-takes with Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick, a month-long programming special featuring more than...

Historical Circuit: The 9 Best Female Villains in Film

You might have heard about a quiet little film coming out this weekend called Suicide Squad. A new movie all about the villains? Sounds like...

Historical Circuit: ‘Don’t Look Now’ (1973) from Nicolas Roeg

For as long as there have been movies, there have been horror movies. People have always been fascinated by the macabre, as evidenced by literature...

Historical Circuit: Wedding Crashers (2005)

Who hasn't wanted to crash a wedding? Free food, open bar, music of questionable quality. What's not to like? The comedy Wedding Crashers took...

Historical Circuit: The Big Sleep (1946) (★★★)

By 1946 actor Humphrey Bogart fit into the role of detective Philip Marlowe so perfectly it might as well have been his favorite pair...

Historical Circuit: Hollywoodland (★★★)

Thin back, before the days when Ben Affleck won an Academy Award for Best Picture, before he was a director at all, back to the years...
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Historical Circuit: Top 35 Dance Sequences in Film, Vol. 2

If you read and enjoyed my previous foray into the world of dance in cinema, you'll notice how easy it was determining what constituted a...

Historical Circuit: Pretty Baby (1978) (★★★½)

By 1978 second-wave feminism saw many landmark decisions and events including the first National Women's Conference in a century, court cases involving marital rape,...

Historical Circuit: Pretty in Pink (1986) (★½)

John Hughes had his finger on the pulse of the 1980s zeitgeist, teaching teens how to navigate the often treacherous waters of dating, popularity,...

TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar Must-Sees: What You Should Watch This Week

TCM kicked off their 31 Days of Oscar series earlier this month, and we here at Awards Circuit want you to be able to...

Historical Circuit: Dangerous When Wet (1953) (★★★½)

Outside of their historical perspective (and, some would say, overall better quality than contemporary cinema), studio era films are worth exploring for a lesson...

Historical Circuit: Bad Day at Black Rock (★★★★)

The end of January isn't known for bringing the cream of the crop to theaters, and though this week's release of the long gestating...

Historical Circuit: The World According to Garp (★★★)

The World According to Garp has some of the bounciest opening credits I've seen. Literally, we start things off with a bouncing baby boy...

Historical Circuit: Smooth Talk (★★★)

In a year where female directed films have been in the spotlight, particularly through the lens of reviewer Marya Gates and her Year With...

Historical Circuit Christmas: Miracle on 34th Street (★★★½)

As we prepare to gather around with our friends and loved ones this Christmas, the easiest way to unite everyone (and get them to...

Historical Circuit: Roman Holiday (★★★½)

Classic films present escapism in its purest form, and I can't think of a better example than William Wyler's romantic adventure, Roman Holiday. William...

Oscar Rematch: Benton vs. Coppola vs. Fosse (1979)

Three is a crowd, especially when you’re trying to win an Oscar. But that was the choice before the Academy back in 1979 when...

Oscar Rematch: ‘Chinatown’ vs. ‘Day for Night’

In this week’s Oscar rematch we’re talking about one of the best film noir’s of all-time going once again with one of the best...

Historical Circuit: Tales From the Hood (★★★½)

Halloween may be over and, technically, Tales From the Hood celebrated its twentieth anniversary back in May, but after Nathan Rabin's recent article "rediscovering"...

Historical Halloween: Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

After the success of other portmanteau horror films, Dead of Night (1945) especially, screenwriter Milton Subotsky fashioned an anthology horror film for the small...

Oscar Rematch: Penn vs. Murray – Best Actor (2003)

Only one could walk away with their first Oscar, but did the Academy make the right call?

Historical Halloween: Poltergeist (★★★★)

Poltergeist's 1980s horror combined with Steven Spielberg's golden era examination of suburban families - with horror as a metaphor for changes and issues -...

Historical Circuit Halloween: The Hunger (★★)

The vampire as a symbol in horror films has evolved throughout the years, with each decade's take on the fanged menace moving from representing...

Oscar Rematch: ‘Dances with Wolves’ vs. ‘GoodFellas’

Does 'Dances with Wolves' still come out on top of 'GoodFellas' 25 years later?

Historical Circuit Halloween: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (★★★½)

Everyone has a friend, you know, "that" friend who brings certain movies or music into your life that you wouldn't have found otherwise. So...

Historical Circuit: Top 21 Must-See Dance Sequences in Classic Film

After the success of my Top 20 Most Seductive Scenes in Film I decided to give the top twenty (plus one!) another try. I'm...