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Circuit Rewind: Pretty Woman (1990)

Julia Roberts and Richard Gere paired up 25 years ago for the classic romantic comedy "Pretty Woman"

Historical Circuit: Star 80 (★★★)

This week's release of True Story, the eponymous "true story" of murderer Christian Longo (played by James Franco) who murdered his wife and children...

Circuit Rewind: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python created a legend all their own with some coconuts and a little bit of french taunting

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 Circuit: U Turn (★★★★)

By 1997, Oliver Stone became the director known for railing about political conspiracies or governmental injustices in dramatic polemics like Born on the Fourth...

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: Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) (★★)

In honor of its remake opening this week, let's go back to 1967 when Thomas Hardy's novel first received the big-budget Hollywood treatment. Far...

Historical Film Review: Che! (★★)

The first person to cross the finish line wins, a rule that Hollywood endorses no matter what. When revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara died in...

Historical Circuit: Mommie Dearest (★★★) – MOTHERS DAY EDITION

This Mother's Day we should all hug our moms...for fear they decide to beat us with a wire hanger! Mommie Dearest, the movie that's...

Circuit Rewind: Marty (1955)

The shortest Best Picture winner in history turns 60

Historical Circuit: Annie (★½)

Oh boy.  I really have to control my anger and frustration for today's review in honor of the upcoming remake of Annie starring Quvenzhane Wallis and...

GREY GARDENS Restoration From Janus Films – Opens in Select Theaters March 6th!

Janus Films will release a new 2K restoration of GREY GARDENS made by the Criterion Collection in partnership with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy...

Circuit Rewind: Dancer in the Dark (2000)

The 2015 edition of the Cannes Film Fest is underway, so let's take a look back at one of its past winners in its 15th anniversary

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: Sleeping Beauty (★★½)

Disney is in a groove with their adaptations of fairy-tale origins, so in honor of their recent revision, Maleficent, I figured it was time to...

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,...

Circuit Rewind: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)

It's been ten years since our last 'Star Wars' outing, so in celebration of May the fourth, lets revisit "Episode III - Revenge of the Sith"

Historical Circuit: The Fantasticks (★★★½)

Reviewing director Michael Ritchie's adaptation of The Fantasticks - the longest running show in Broadway history - would have been better suited to last...

Forever Amber (★½)

HISTORICAL CIRCUIT: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and in the decade or so after the release of Gone With the Wind, we saw...

Historical Circuit: Bright Eyes (★★★)

When I spoke to Jane Withers last May she talked quite a bit about filming Bright Eyes and her struggles working with Shirley Temple. I hated to admit...

Historical Halloween: The Driller Killer (★)

This review is part of my 14 Days of Video Nasties, a series exploring films banned in the UK during the 1980s for various reasons...

Historical Circuit: Batman Returns (**½)

Awards Circuit Presents: 30 Days of Batman It’s sort of hard to imagine now, what with The Avengers having demolished seemingly every box office record in...

Historical Circuit: The Picture of Dorian Gray (★★½)

Oscar Wilde's tale of immortal youth and blinding excess, The Picture of Dorian Gray, has been recounted in several adaptations throughout the decades, none...

Criterion Nov. Releases: Oscar Best Picture Winner ‘All About Eve’, ‘Cold War’, ‘Betty Blue’,...

This November, the Criterion Collection will celebrate the incomparable Bette Davis, one of Hollywood's greatest stars, with two releases that demonstrate her extraordinary range....

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: The Passion of the Christ (****)

Religious groups went out of their minds after viewing Mel Gibson’s extraordinary study of the last few hours in Christ’s life because they were expecting...

Historical Circuit: In the Heat of the Night

The 1968 Academy Awards was probably the most important year for film production, rivaled by the heralded “best year in cinema” works of 1939. ...

Historical Circuit: The Purple Rose of Cairo (★★★)

Every true cinema fan can name the movies that have caused them to feel transported, the ones elevating their life outside its often dire...

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: 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,...

Valley of the Dolls (★½)

HISTORICAL CIRCUIT: "Was it real?  Was I there?"  Dionne Warwick and I appear to be asking the same question watching  viewing Valley of the Dolls.  Based on...

Halloween Historical Review: The Evil Dead (1981) – (★★★)

HISTORICAL HALLOWEEN: When I started scouting for Halloween themes I was given the suggestion of doing “video nasties.” I had little concept of what...

Historical Circuit: Bunny Lake is Missing (★★★)

Director Otto Preminger created some legendary dramas and mysteries such as Laura, The Man With the Golden Arm, and Anatomy of a Murder. But...

Historical Circuit: Forrest Gump (★★★★)

The 1990s yielded several choices for this week’s Historical Circuit, and it’s expected considering I was able to watch and enjoy movies more as...

Circuit Rewind: The Sound of Music (1965)

The hills are still alive 50 years later as "The Sound of Music" remains an all-time classic

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