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Historical Circuit: Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck Fall in Love in 1953’s ‘Roman Holiday’

TITLE OF FILM: “Roman Holiday” FILM YEAR: 1953 DIRECTOR: William Wyler WRITER: Dalton Trumbo, Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton STARRING: Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert SYNOPSIS: Amid a goodwill...

Historical Circuit: Doris Day & Rock Hudson Find Something to Talk About In 1959’s...

TITLE OF FILM: Pillow Talk FILM YEAR: 1959 DIRECTOR: Michael Gordon WRITER: Stanley Shapiro, Maurice Richlin, Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene STARRING: Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, Thelma...

Historical Circuit: 1978’s ‘Superman’ with Christopher Reeve Flew High So Others Could Follow

TITLE OF FILM: “Superman” FILM YEAR: 1978 DIRECTOR: Richard Donner WRITER: Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, Robert Benton (Based on the Superman Comic by Jerry Siegel and...

Historical Circuit: Paul Newman is Scorching in 1967’s ‘Cool Hand Luke’

TITLE OF FILM: “Cool Hand Luke” FILM YEAR: 1967 DIRECTOR: Stuart Rosenberg WRITER: Donn Pearce, Frank Pierson STARRING: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martin, Jo Van Fleet, Morgan Woodward,...

Historical Circuit: Tom Cruise Shows Us the Kwan in 1996’s ‘Jerry Maguire’

TITLE OF FILM: “Jerry Maguire” FILM YEAR: 1996 DIRECTOR: Cameron Crowe WRITER: Cameron Crowe STARRING: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Bonnie Hunt, Regina King, Jay Mohr, Kelly...

TCM Classic Film Festival: Day Three Closes with ‘Hello Dolly’

2019 TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL: Day Three brings to a close the tenth year of the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival. It's hard...

TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Two Features ‘Raisin in the Sun’ and More

2019 TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL: Day Two of Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival featured a variety of classic movies at a variety of...

Historical Circuit: 1953’s ‘Stalag 17’ Brings Absurdity to War

FILM: "Stalag 17" YEAR: 1953 DIRECTOR: Billy Wilder WRITER: Edwin Blum & Billy Wilder (Based on the Play Written By Donald Bevan & Edmund Trzcinski) STARRING: William Holden,...

Historical Circuit: The Political Game is Played So Well in 2000’s ‘The Contender’

TITLE OF FILM: “The Contender” FILM YEAR: 2000 DIRECTOR: Rod Lurie WRITER: Rod Lurie STARRING: Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, Sam Elliott, William Peterson, Philip Baker...

Historical Circuit: 1982’s ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ Makes the Most of Richard Gere

TITLE OF FILM: “An Officer and a Gentleman” FILM YEAR: 1982 DIRECTOR: Taylor Hackford WRITER: Douglas Day Stewart STARRING: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert...

Historical Circuit: ‘Beautiful Girls’ (1996) is Still Asking Men to Grow Up

TITLE OF FILM: “Beautiful Girls” FILM YEAR: 1996 DIRECTOR: Ted Demme WRITER: Scott Rosenberg STARRING: Timothy Hutton, Matt Dillon, Noah Emmerich, Natalie Portman, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, Uma Thurman,...

Historical Circuit: William Wyler’s 1958’s ‘The Big Country’ Brings Heart to the West

TITLE OF FILM: “The Big Country” FILM YEAR: 1958 DIRECTOR: William Wyler WRITER: Robert Wyler, Sy Bartlett, James R. Webb STARRING: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Charlton Heston, Carroll Baker,...

Historical Circuit: 1987’s ‘Baby Boom’ Starring Diane Keaton is Booming with the Female Plight

TITLE OF FILM: “Baby Boom” FILM YEAR: 1987 DIRECTOR: Charles Shyer WRITER: Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer STARRING: Diane Keaton, Harold Ramis, Sam Wanamaker, Sam Shepard, Pat Hingle, James...

Historical Circuit: Peter Weir Uses Film as His Canvas in 1985’s ‘Witness’

TITLE OF FILM: “Witness” FILM YEAR: 1985 DIRECTOR: Peter Weir WRITER: William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, Earl W. Wallace STARRING: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Josef Sommer, Lukas Haas, Jan Rubes,...

Historical Circuit: Emotions Still Roll High in 1991’s ‘The Prince of Tides’ from Director...

TITLE OF FILM: “The Prince of Tides” FILM YEAR: 1991 DIRECTOR: Barbra Streisand WRITERS: Pat Conroy & Becky Johnston STARRING: Nick Nolte, Barbra Streisand, Kate Nelligan, Jeroen Krabbé, Jason...

Historical Circuit: There is Plenty of Room for Love in 1943’s ‘The More the...

TITLE OF FILM: “The More the Merrier” FILM YEAR: 1943 DIRECTOR: George Stevens WRITER: Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster, Frank Ross, Robert W. Russell STARRING: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea,...

Historical Circuit: ‘Mister Roberts’ Still Sails After 64 Years with Henry Fonda and Jack...

TITLE OF FILM: “Mister Roberts” FILM YEAR: 1955 DIRECTOR: John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy WRITER: Frank Nugent & Joshua Logan STARRING: Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, William Powell, James Cagney SYNOPSIS: The USS...

Historical Circuit: There is Still Light In the Oscar-winning ‘In the Heat of the...

TITLE OF FILM: "In the Heat of the Night" FILM YEAR: 1967 DIRECTOR: Norman Jewison WRITER: Stirling Siliphant STARRING: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oats, Lee Grant SYNOPSIS: As "In the...

Historical Circuit: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Taxi Driver’ is Still Talking to Us 43 Years Later

TITLE OF FILM: "Taxi Driver" FILM YEAR: 1976 DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese WRITER: Paul Schrader STARRING: Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepard, Jodie Foster, Peter Boyle, Harvey Keitel, Albert BrooksSYNOPSIS: In...

Historical Circuit: 30-Year-Old ‘Working Girl’ from Mike Nichols Still Resonates

TITLE OF FILM: “Working Girl” FILM YEAR: 1988 DIRECTOR: Mike Nichols WRITER: Kevin Wade STARRING: Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, Harrison Ford, Joan Cusack, Alec Baldwin, Phillip Bosco SYNOPSIS: ‘Working Girl’ opens...

Historical Circuit: ‘Some Like it Hot’ & Some Like the Past

At its best, film is a cohesive display of the passions of many. It is an art form where the poetry of words, the...

TCM And The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Present: The Black Experience On...

Month-long Programming Event Will Feature 13 Acclaimed Film Journalists and 32 Seminal Films Airs Every Tuesday and Thursday in September https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWi936cwxJo&feature=youtu.beTurner Classic Movies (TCM) and the African American...

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: ‘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 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...
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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: 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...

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 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...

Historical Circuit: The World of Henry Orient (★★½)

It's not often a film focusing on teenagers doesn't devolve into two young girls bickering about finding romance. Romance blooms in George Roy Hill's...

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